Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as the aging hitman in John Wick: Chapter 4. Screenshot from John Wick.
Everyone’s favorite dog-avenging action hero is back, and this time he’s toting an iconic Okinawan weapon: nunchaku. Keanu Reeves seems to have found the role he was made for in the form of John Wick. The 57-year-old Canadian actor has starred in teen comedies, Shakespeare adaptations, and horror films, but it’s Reeves’ role as the aging hitman that is responsible for his career’s resurgence.
The upcoming fourth installment of the John Wick franchise isn’t expected to hit theaters until March of 2023, but an exclusive sneak peek at this year’s CinemaCon revealed the aging action star has some new moves up his sleeves. According to CinemaBlend, Reeves recovers from the gunshot he incurred in the last film, takes on ax-wielding foes, gets launched out of a moving car, and showcases some impressive nunchaku skills.
Fans of the franchise will be thrilled to watch Wick embrace his inner Michelangelo and beat face with his chainsticks, but let’s hope he’s still strapped with a big iron or two.
John Wick paved a new path for martial arts movies when it combined firearms and fists for its highly stylized fight scenes. Reeves trained for four months in judo and jiujitsu to transform himself into Wick. He went a step further and trained with Taran Tactical to convincingly portray a pro with any and all firearms.
In the first film in the franchise, Wick kills 77 people to avenge the death of his pup. For John Wick 2, he ups the ante and racks up a whopping 128 kills. In John Wick 3: Parabellum, 94 people lose their lives at the hands of Wick’s weapons. With such ludicrously high kill counts, it’s safe to assume that Wick’s newly showcased skills with the ancient ninja weapon won’t account for all the bodies he’s sure to pile up in John Wick: Chapter 4. For now, footage of Reeves back in the black suit remains exclusive to those at CinemaCon, as no official trailer has been released.
Mac Caltrider is a senior staff writer for Coffee or Die Magazine. He served in the US Marine Corps and is a former police officer. Caltrider earned his bachelor’s degree in history and now reads anything he can get his hands on. He is also the creator of Pipes & Pages, a site intended to increase readership among enlisted troops. Caltrider spends most of his time reading, writing, and waging a one-man war against premature hair loss.
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