During Lionsgate’s recent CinemaCon presentation, the studio has finally announced that production on the first John Wick spin-off film Ballerina is expected to begin sometime this summer. It has also been confirmed that Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas has officially boarded the project as its female lead.
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The project was first announced in 2019, following the theatrical debut of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where it gives us our first look at the Ballerina assassins who are being trained by the Ruska Roma syndicate led by Anjelica Huston’s character.
Ballerina focuses on a young female assassin who seeks revenge against the people who killed her family. It will be directed by Len Wiseman from a screenplay written by Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead). The movie will be overseen by James Myers for Lionsgate. The spin-off is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee, Keanu Reeves, and Chad Stahelski. In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, John (Keanu Reeves) comes across what could be the titular ballerina, or, at least, where the new character likely comes from.
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Lionsgate is currently in post-production for John Wick: Chapter 4, which is slated to hit the theaters on March 24, 2023. The studio is also working on the prequel series The Continental, which will be debuting on Starz as a three-part limited series.