John Wick 2 cannot get here fast enough. Last year Keanu Reeves and co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski delivered one of the best action films in recent years, eclipsed only by Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year. Reeves is (thinking he’s) back as the eponymous hit man in the highly-anticipated sequel, and you can get your first sneak peek at the film via some new set photos.
As far as contemporary Keanu Reeves films go, Exposed definitely doesn’t look like one of his better offerings. The actor reunites with Knock Knock co-star Ana De Armas for the upcoming thriller, which sees Reeves as a detective trying to solve his partner’s murder in a film that seems better-suited to Nicolas Cage’s current career choices.
John Wick 2 has already begun filming in New York with Keanu Reeves returning as the eponymous badass hitman pulled out of retirement by some unsavory criminals. We recently learned that Reeves will be joined by returning cast member Ian McShane, as well as rapper / actor Common in a villainous role. Today brings news of even more John Wick casting, with several faces both new and familiar joining the lineup.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly-anticipated follow-up to the divisive Only God Forgives began filming this year in Los Angeles, and while there’s been a considerable amount of interest in The Neon Demon, it’s taken a while for a studio to snatch up the distribution rights. Amazon has stepped forward, adding Refn’s latest to their growing slate of exclusive releases and giving the film a 2016 release date. In addition, we have a new photo from the upcoming film, featured above.
It’s happening. It’s actually, really, honest-to-goodness happening. The next film from visionary Primer and Upstream Color director Shane Carruth isn’t just happening — it’s lined up a seriously impressive roster of talent: Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe and more have joined the lineup for the elusive and enigmatic filmmaker’s latest, meaning we won’t have to wait too much longer for a new Carruth project.
John Wick 2 is heading into production this week (what a time to be alive!) with Keanu Reeves returning as the titular badass protagonist. Every good guy needs a bad guy to stand in his way, and this time around it’s rapper / actor Common who will be giving John Wick a tough time — and eventually getting his face annihilated by our favorite puppy-loving hero.
We’re all so permanently stoked for John Wick 2 that we’ve hardly bothered to consider basics like plot details or actors or anything besides the fact that this film is happening and Keanu Reeves is coming back. But the highly-anticipated sequel to last year’s face-melting action flick does have some specific goals in mind, liked world-expansion and character development and even more awesome fight sequences. We’ll let Reeves explain.
John Wick’s success is largely owed to the directing power of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, the duo who used their years of experience as stunt coordinators to really amp up the action. The guys have two upcoming action films — John Wick 2 and The Coldest City — but only so much time for both, so Stahelski and Leitch have decided to divide and conquer, with each of them taking on one project instead of two.
John Wick was one of the greatest surprises of last year (a surprise only if you don’t believe in the power of Keanu Reeves), a riveting and lively action film that ticks off all the boxes: Keanu Reeves kicking ass, a cute puppy, a cool night club packed with lots of bad guys for Reeves to knock out. It was as if SNL’s Stefon were describing the ideal action movie — it had everything. The sequel officially begins shooting this fall, promising more Wick, more action, and hopefully more cute puppies.
Keanu Reeves has really established his place in contemporary cinema with roles in action films and thrillers that feel like they would have been right at home in 1999. The Keanussaince continues as Reeves has signed on to star in Rally Car, a new race car-centric action flick described as the Chinese version of The Cannonball Run.