What is The Continental release date? A prequel to the John Wick movies, The Continental was announced in June 2017. Although it’s been a long process, and we’re still waiting for it to hit our screens more than five years later, a lot more progress has been made recently as we hurtle towards the series debut.
The two co-showrunners of the series are Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward, while Chris Collins and Derek Kolstad, who have both worked on John Wick action movies before, will both share writing credits for The Continental along with Ken Kristensen. Meanwhile, Kolstad, Chad Stahelski, and Shawn Simmons will be serving as executive producers on the show along with David Leitch, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese, with the latter three being known for their work on the Deadpool movies.
Collider also reports that Albert Hughes will be directing the first and last episode, with the director for the middle episode yet to be confirmed. News for the series is coming thick and fast, but what everyone really wants to know about is The Continental release date, plot, cast and more — so we at The Digital Fix will do our very best to deliver!
The Continental release date speculation
The Continental will be released in 2023. However, we don’t know when exactly in the year it will drop.
Peacock revealed that the show will be heading to the streaming service for an exclusive release in a press statement issued in August 2022. So, bearing in mind that John Wick 4 is scheduled to come out in March 2023, we are expecting to hear more updates soon as the company works to coordinate the releases with Lionsgate.
So, be sure to check in on this page regularly as we keep you up to speed!
What is The Continental plot?
In an interview with Deadline, Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs revealed that The Continental would look at the backstory of the infamous hotel of the same name and delve into the past of Winston, who is played by Ian McShane in the John Wick movies.
“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel, which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later,” Beggs explained.
He added that the spin-off series provides an “interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental, which is famously (within the movie franchise) the assassin’s hotel in which you cannot kill anyone on the hotel grounds. But of course, if you step one foot out of the hotel, you’re fair game – and that’s employed to great effect in many of the plots in the movies. Running all of that is Winston.”
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It also appears that the plot of season 1 of The Continental will be standalone, as Beggs revealed that the season is “three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.”
Who’s in The Continental cast?
Although we’ll no doubt hear some familiar names, the fact that The Continental takes place 40 years prior to the events of the John Wick movies means that we likely won’t be seeing many familiar faces.
Even returning characters, like Winston Scott, Charon, and Uncle Charlie, are all being played by alternate actors to portray their younger counterparts (Colin Woodell, Ayomide Adegun, and Peter Greene, respectively).
And sorry to disappoint, but there’s one character who won’t be returning: John Wick. Although Keanu Reeves will be playing a producer role behind the scenes, Beggs said to Deadline that the backdrop of The Continental is “way back pre-John Wick and even pre-young John Wick” and so “that character is not finding his way into the universe.”
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However, there are plenty of other exciting new casting choices and characters to keep you entertained, with Katie McGrath playing The Adjudicator and the one and only Mel Gibson playing the mysterious Cormac.
Find the full confirmed cast list below:
The Continental cast list:
- Colin Woodell as Winston Scott
- Ayomide Adegun as Charon
- Peter Greene as Uncle Charlie
- Katie McGrath as The Adjudicator
- Mel Gibson as Cormac
- Ben Robson as Frankie
- Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles
- Jessica Allain as Lou
- Mishel Prada as KD
- Nhung Kate as Yen