While the next John Wick entry, simply titled John Wick: Chapter 4, won’t hit theaters until next March, star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski gave a first look at the movie during CinemaCon. Deadline had a brief description along with the speeches made by the creative team.
The trailer opens with John Wick training in a gym in Japan. We see Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King enter asking if John is ready. Wick replies with a chilled “yeah.”
In a swirl of violence, we can hear Ian McShane’s Winston offering words of solace to John. “I want you to find peace, John,” he says. “The only path this leads to is death.”
Lionsgate Chairman Joe Drake introduced Reeves and Stahelski on stage, praising the action. “Chad, as you might know, was a stuntman first. It’s rare that people go from driving off cliffs to sitting in the director’s chair,” he said. “Usually, it’s the other way around.”
Drake continued with how he thought the franchise reinvented the action genre and that he wants to continue that.
“Shepherded by Chad in the director’s chair, and the Baba Yaga himself, these incredible filmmakers continue to subvert genre conventions and defy audience expectations. More lore. More inventiveness. Exquisite locations,” he said. “From the Roman Catacombs to Halle Berry shooting her way out of Casablanca. From John killing a 7-foot-tall hitman with a library book to horses galloping across the endless sweeping dunes of the Jordan desert.”
John Wick: Chapter 4 is scheduled to hit theaters March 24, 2023.