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John Wick: Chapter 4 - What We Know So Far

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Keanu Reeves has played several memorable roles over the years, and the talented star has lent his skills to some pretty notable franchises with excellent results. But out of all his impressive credits, the one that packs the most punch is arguably his tenure as Baba Yaga — aka John Wick — in the action-packed series of exciting features.

The R-Rated "John Wick" franchise has been a force to be reckoned with since the hit first arrived in cinemas in 2014, thrusting Keanu Reeves back into the spotlight and solidifying his status as a legend of the pulse-pounding action genre. The wrath of the titular character spread to two sequels, and all three titles – John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum — obtained a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a cumulative total of over $579 million at the box office worldwide. The fascinating storyline, intriguing world-building, and next-level fight choreography are just some of the reasons that make "John Wick" such a game-changing affair to enjoy. The star-studded cast and riveting performances also arguably help make watching each flick a worthwhile experience from start to finish.

Many fans would agree it is amazing that Mr. Wick has survived wave after wave of trained killers trying to annihilate him, but they don't seem to be complaining that he is still around with plenty of fight left in him to come back for more. The dangerous hitman will return to the big screen in "John Wick: Chapter 4" — here is everything there is to know about the highly anticipated sequel.

What is the release date of John Wick: Chapter 4?

The release date for the fourth "John Wick" feature has changed multiple times for several different reasons. It was originally announced during the opening week of "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum" that the fourth outing of Baba Yaga would drop in cinemas on May 22, 2021. But due to the pandemic and Keanu Reeves's obligations to "The Matrix Resurrections," the film was delayed to May 27, 2022 (via IndieWire). Then in December 2021, the pandemic caused another delay, this time all the way to March 24, 2023. This move might very well have been a blessing in disguise, as the May 27, 2022 date would have put the movie up against "Top Gun: Maverick," which was a massive success raking in over $1 billion at the box office.

Lionsgate made the announcement of the new date in a video on YouTube featuring the ladies that work the switchboards and rotary phones in the "John Wick" franchise known as the Accountants. These tattooed workers with sleeveless pink shirts are in charge of sending out messages to the many killers within the mysterious network's database regarding which unfortunate soul has a price on their head. The new date can be seen on the chalkboard and old-school computer monitor. The entire affair caps things off with the message "Be Seeing You." Fans can confidently mark their calendars as "John Wick: Chapter 4" will finally arrive in theaters on March 24, 2023. And when it does arrive, it will be the longest film in the franchise, with Collider reporting it will be around 2 and a half hours long.

What is the plot of John Wick: Chapter 4?

It looks like John Wick will be taking the war to the High Table in this fourth installment. 

After growing tired of being the one on the run from swarms of bloodthirsty death dealers, Baba Yaga will be looking to do what he does best against the mysterious leaders of the strange underworld filled with tattooed phone operators, special gold coins, and gun-filled backrooms. As the official plot synopsis tells us (via Playlist), he'll be traveling "from New York to Paris to Osaka to Berlin" in his quest for vengeance, and as the official trailer reveals, part of his plan will be challenging a shadowy marquis to a duel to the death. If he wins or loses, either way, he'll be free from the High Table.

Director Chad Stahelski talked about the fourth film he's directed in the franchise in an interview with IndieWire and hinted at how things could turn out for the titular character. "John may survive all this s***, but at the end of it, there's no happy ending. He's got nowhere to go. ... He's f****d for the rest of his life. It's just a matter of time." He also told Empire that the film will be more epic than the previous movies, will focus on multiple storylines, and said it will feel like a combination of Greek myth, Zatoichi (a blind samurai character from Japanese cinema), and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Whatever happens in "John Wick: Chapter 4," fans can rest assured that there will be plenty of action, with Stahleski promising it will outdo its predecessors regarding the franchise's bloodiest entry (via IndieWire).

Who is in the cast of John Wick: Chapter 4?

Keanu Reeves will be back as the titular unkillable killer in "John Wick: Chapter 4," and he will be accompanied by a stacked roster full of talent. Familiar faces coming back include Ian McShane as Winston and "Resident Evil" star Lance Reddick as Charon. Laurence Fishburne also confirmed he would be back as The Bowery King (via Collider.) Joining these fan favorites will be a slew of newcomers that many will most assuredly recognize.

"Barbarian" and "It" star Bill Skarsgard is taking on the role of a persona by the name of Marquis, whom he claims is much different from anything he has done previously. Adding to the action factor, "Rogue One" star Donnie Yen will bring his skills to the franchise as Caine. Yen isn't the only martial artist onboard, with action star Scott Adkins from "Day Shift" playing a character named Killa. Another solid addition is Hiroyuki Sanada, who fans will recognize from films such as "Mortal Kombat," and he will be playing Shimazu. 

In addition, Shamier Anderson from "Invasion" has been training hard for his first foray into the "John Wick" universe as someone named Tracker. Also in the mix is Clancy Brown, a long-time Hollywood player with many credits, from "Dexter: New Blood" to "SpongeBob SquarePants." And last but not least, singer, songwriter, and model Rina Sawayama is making her cinematic debut as the character Akira in this film, and she told NME that the fourth flick is "100 percent the best John Wick that's ever been, and I'm not being biased, like honestly, the scale is insane this time."

Who is directing John Wick: Chapter 4?

Chad Stahelski has been a stuntman in the industry for many years, even doubling for Brandon Lee on "The Crow" before replacing him after the tragic accident that cost the star his life (via Entertainment Weekly). Stahelski later worked with Keanu Reeves (before his Baba Yaga run) as a stunt coordinator on "The Matrix" movies. But his directorial debut came with "John Wick" in 2014, and he helmed the two sequels "John Wick: Chapter 2" and "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum." It's pretty safe to assume that his work with the "John Wick" franchise is his biggest claim to fame, and he will triumphantly return to the director's chair for "John Wick: Chapter 4."

Stahelski has come a long way throughout his career, and there is no denying he has found great success with the "John Wick" movies. He discussed his thoughts with The Hollywood Reporter on the fourth feature and how his experiences have contributed to its quality. "So I just tried to put all the things I've gotten better at in the last two-and-a-half years into this movie. I hope that will make the movie better instead of just trying to do bigger explosions and bigger s**t. If I tell a better story, which I think I've done, and do my job a little bit better in every avenue, I think the movie will be better." There is a good chance Stahelski may be onto something regarding how good "John Wick: Chapter 4" really will be.

Is there a trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4?

After the initial sneak peek dropped in July 2022, fans were treated to a full-length trailer in November, promising a film that seems both emotional and action-packed. It opens in a church, with John Wick lighting a candle, saying hello to his wife, and discussing the afterlife with a very cool-looking Donnie Yen. "You're going to die," Yen's Caine tells John matter-of-factly. "Maybe not."

Death, revenge, and the possibility of redemption hang over the trailer. And after that opening scene, we learn John has a way of escaping the High Table's wrath. According to Ian McShane's Winston, he can challenge Bill Skarsgaard's Marquis de Gramont to a duel. If he wins, he's free. If he dies, well, that's kind of a freedom too. But John is perplexed by this, replying, "I don't sit at the table." Winston mysteriously replies, "Your family does."

We're not exactly sure what the hotel owner means by that, so we're excited to find out John's personal connection to the very organization hunting him down. We're also excited to witness all the incredible action on display. There's an epic staircase shootout, an angry attack dog, John chasing people through the desert on horseback, and not one but two vicious duels with Donnie Yen — one where he's having a swordfight with Hiroyuki Sanada and one where it's a katana/pistol battle with John Wick himself.

"Just have fun out there," Winston says in his final line in the trailer. Oh, trust us, Winston. We will.

Where you can watch previous John Wick films

There really is no shortage of reasons for fans to get excited about "John Wick: Chapter 4," and many people will be looking to catch up on the action-packed series of films or just relive all of their favorite moments all over again before the next entry arrives. Lucky for them, there are a few places they can find the previous works of John Wick.

The first "John Wick" can be streamed for free on Tubi. You can also rent it for $3.99 on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu. As for "Chapter 2," you can also stream that one on Tubi. You can rent it for $2.99 on Amazon Video or $3.99 on Apple iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. Lastly, "Parabellum" is available to stream on Tubi, and you can rent it on Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, and YouTube for $3.99.