‘John Wick 2’ Star Keanu Reeves Teases Expanded World, New Fight Moves
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.
While he didn’t speak to the specific plot of John Wick 2 in his interview with Collider, Reeves did promise that we’ll get to know his enigmatic protagonist a little better — in fact, there’s two sides to John Wick, and we’ll get to see the complexities of that internal relationship:
I think we have a really good premise, and it’s an organic premise. It’s basically — to me there’s John Wick and then there’s John. You know, John is the married guy whose wife just died, and that five years of his life. Then there’s John Wick, who’s the mythical assassin. In this, John Wick’s past comes and infiltrates John’s life and John Wick, in a way, has to fight for John.
One of the most interesting parts of John Wick was the introduction of the Continental, an elite hotel that services some shady assassin clientele, like Adrianne Palicki’s Ms. Perkins and the hotel manager, played by Lance Reddick. Reeves goes on to indicate that we’ll be seeing more of that part of Wick’s world:
Chad and the writer, Derek Kolstad, they’ve really listened to what people have enjoyed about the work and how they speak about it. So there’s definitely that influence of the other world, the Continental world, the look, the feel, what it is about the movie, what made people like it; is definitely being paid attention to and the world opens up in this chapter.
As for the action aspect of John Wick 2, Reeves says he’s been training and learning new fighting techniques for that amazing “gun-fu”:
We’re gonna do the same kind of thing in the sense of — what are the guiding principles? So it’s longer takes, know where you are on the space, who’s doing what, action with consequence. And then going to other levels of what the gun fu was, which was jiu-jitsu and judo mixed with weapons and different styles of weapon training. So we’ve been opening up, I’ve been learning some other tools and different styles of that, and trying to develop some more techniques in terms of judo and jiu-jitsu and bring those elements into the work. And then we have some other things that might be a little different… But it’s all organic. It’s not like all of a sudden John Wick has superpowers, it’s got to be connected to the character.
John Wick 2 begins filming this fall for a 2017 release date.