HOLLYWOOD, CA — (01-02-19) — Keanu Reeves’ sharp-dressed hitman character is back in John Wick 3: Parabellum. Lionsgate dropped the first images from the highly anticipated release of the 3rd installment of the John Wick franchise.
Director Chad Stahelski takes up where John Wick Chapter 2 where Wick has a $14 million contract out on his life. From the start, the film is loaded with action in nearly every minute of the first 20 minutes. Some of that action includes Academy Award-Winner Halle Berry, who portrays Sofia, a new character Wick meets in the Middle East.
“She has a past with John,” said Keanu Reeves. “I end up going to find her to see if she can help me.” said Reeves.
Sofia is joined by her two Belgian Malinois dog companions which fits right in to the elite tradition of canine-centric storylines in hitman action films.
The John Wick film franchise which first debuted in 2014, featured Keanu Reeves character going on a killing spree after the brutal murder of his four-legged friend by mob boss’ son. “Whereas John’s puppy was symbolic of his wife, Halle’s two dogs are symbolic of someone she’s lost,” said director Chad Stahelski, adding that an action sequence around Halle was created…“canine assistants…. They work very well tactically.” said Stahelski.
Joining the cast in John Wick 3: Parabellum are Asia Kate Dillon and Mark Dacascos who play characters associated with the criminal High Table council. Andbefore you ask, yes, Laurence Fishburne returns to portray is role as Bowery King.
Another Hollywood legend was tapped for a part in John Wick 3: Parabellum, Anjelica Huston as “someone who was responsible for [Wick’s] upbringing and his protection,” said Stahelski, who calls Chapter 3 “a little bit of an origin story.”
One thing John Wick fans are guaranteed by director Stahelski, and that is the film’s death count will land slightly north of John Wick 2’s death toll.
The official trailer is coming within days. For now, review the first images from John Wick 3: Parabellum. Now, get more inside dish below and get ready for another blockbuster coming this spring to theaters worldwide.
Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Cinematography by Dan Laustsen
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk | Erica Lee | John R. Saunders
Executive Producers: Jeff G. Waxman
Distributed By: Summit Entertainment (USA Theatrical)
Article by: Michael “The Sizzler” Jacobs, Staff Writer
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