Ballerina John Wick spinoff: Release date, cast & more
Here’s what we know about Ballerina, the anticipated John Wick spinoff movie, including the release date, cast, plot, and more.
Keanu Reeves took the world by storm with the release of an unassuming action movie called John Wick. The film, lauded for its emotional depth and realistic action sequences, spawned three sequels, the latest being Chapter 4.
Given the popularity of the movies, it was inevitable that some spinoffs would be greenlit to explore the world even more deeply. Two projects, one based on The Continental hotel and one based on the assassin school seen in John Wick Chapter 3, have already been announced.
Here is everything we know about the latter project, titled Ballerina.
Is there a release date for the John Wick spinoff Ballerina?
Ballerina will be released in cinemas on June 7, 2024.
Principal photography officially started for the movie in November 2022 in Prague, before going into post-production in February 2023.
Who’s in the cast for the John Wick spinoff Ballerina?
No Time to Die’s Ana de Armas will star in the titular role of the Ballerina, an assassin trained at the dance school seen in John Wick: Chapter 3.
While much of the rest of the cast is unknown, at least two characters from the John Wick franchise will be returning.
Ian McShane will return to the John Wick universe as Winston, the owner and proprietor of The Continental.
The big news, though, is that Keanu Reeves will appear as John Wick in Ballerina alongside de Armas.
The movie’s co-writer Shay Hatten told Collider that Reeves’ role will be more than a cameo. “We got him to be in it for a good chunk,” he said.
“He’s a real character, and it’s not just kind of a one-piece cameo. He’s got… well, I shouldn’t say too much, but he’s in the movie in a way that I think people are going to be really excited by.”
Lance Reddick was also set to reprise his role as Charon, a concierge at the Continental, but the acclaimed actor sadly passed away in March 2023. It’s currently unknown whether he had already filmed scenes for the movie before his death.
In addition, Anjelica Huston will appear in Ballerina as The Director. Huston’s character first appeared in John Wick: Chapter 3, running the ballet that trained John and will likely be where De Armas’s character is trained.
On December 13, 2022, Deadline reported that The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus would also be joining Ballerina in an unknown role.
Ballerina plot: What’s the John Wick spinoff about?
The preliminary synopsis for Ballerina is as follows: “A young female assassin seeks revenge against the people who killed her family.”
In an interview with Screen Rant, producer Erica Lee described de Armas’ character and how she would fit into the world of John Wick.
Lee said that, while John Wick has spent the last two films trying to get out of the assassin world, “the character that Ana de Armas plays in Ballerina is trying to get in. Just there alone is a different character study. And also, it’s a female perspective. Ana is an amazing actress and brings so much to it. It’s a very different vibe than Keanu, so I think that audiences are really going to be interested in that.”
Is there a Ballerina trailer for the John Wick spinoff?
There has not yet been any sort of official teaser or trailer for Ballerina. We will add these trailers to this space as they become available.
That’s everything we know about Ballerina. Check out our other John Wick coverage below:
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