Though certainly no masterpiece, John Wick received a great response from action movie fans tired of PG 13-rated mayhem, and fed-up with editing and camerawork making action hard to actually see. It wasn’t much of a surprise when a sequel was announced a while back. The Hollywood Reporter informs us that Ian McShane will now reprise his memorable role as Winston and that rapper Common [real name Lonnie Rashid Lynn] will be a major villain. Common was last seen in Run All Night tangling with Liam Neeson, but has actually been in a wide variety of films from Selma to Terminator: Salvation. He’ll be playing the head of security for a female crime lord.
As for the plot, nothing has really been revealed, though Reeves has vaguely teased where we’ll find his character next.
“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”.
This actually doesn’t really tell you anything does it? I personally thought that Derek Kolsted’s script for the first film was one of its weak points, but hopefully he’ll improve on it for this sequel. Chad Stahelski is also returning to direct.