It’s a hard pill to swallow, but the new John Wick spinoff series won’t include Keanu Reeves, instead it will feature Colin Woodell and Mel Gibson. The series will be an origin story of The Continental, the hotel which serves as a shelter for assassins.
John Wick fans had mixed feelings about the casting, but according to Deadline, it’s now confirmed that Gibson will play the mysterious new character Cormac. All through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, (played by Colin Woodell) who is dragged into the hell of New York in 1975 to confront the past he thought he had left behind. Winston charts a deadly path through New York‘s mysterious underworld in an attempt to take over the iconic hotel that serves as a meeting place for the world’s most dangerous criminals.
The cast is further expanded with Mark Mushashi (“Fear The Walking Dead”) and Marina Mazepa (“Malignant”) as two high-ranking assassins named Hansel and Gretel. The next two newly announced actors are Ray McKinnon (“Rectify”) and Adam Shapiro (“Never Have I Ever”).
There is not much to know about their characters, other than that they go by the names Jenkins and Lemmy, suggesting that they are also criminals who are staying at the hotel.
Mel Gibson and the four new cast members are joined by Katie McGrath (“Supergirl”), who plays the judge. John Wick fans may already know something about this role. In the third instalment, the Judge, featured by Asia Kate Dillon, plays the film’s main villain.
Two-time Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Mel Gibson, visited Budapest in November for the shoot. The actor filmed in several historic buildings at Budapest, however, anyone who truly knows the original movies is aware that the scenes are not about showing the beauty of these buildings, rather the stunning action sequences, as it is a story of a hitman.
The series is expected to be released in the first half of 2022, but no official release date has yet been announced. This was originally quite close to the release date of “John Wick 4”, starring Keanu Reeves himself, however unfortunately the fourth film has been postponed and will not be released until 24 March 2023 now.