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Keanu Reeves proved John Wick is indeed back, and he sent New York Comic Con into a frenzy in the process.
“I really liked putting this suit back on, and getting to do what John Wick gets to do. The action, the passion. And the guy who is fighting to be free,” the star said at the John Wick: Chapter 2 panel, held at Madison Square Garden.
Reeves and the cast showed off a new trailer, which starts in Rome with Wick getting fitted for a “tactical” suit. There’s a Laurence Fishburne cameo, there’s a dog, there’s a fight with Common, who is playing an antagonist. Ruby Rose shows up looking threatening, and there is shooting a car crash, and an incredible amount of action.
Director Chad Stahelski shared an intriguing bit of news, revealing the film takes place just four days after the events of the original, the surprise 2014 hit about a hitman who comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog, who was the final gift from his late wife.
Screenwriter Derek Kolstad said the story looks back at a costly deal Wick made to get out of the hitman business in the first place. It involves an artifact called the Marker at boutique hotel catering to hitpersons.
Now that Wick has resurfaced, the person who helped him get out of the game is back. The film will introduce plenty of new hitpersons, including one played by Common.
“This is the highest level I’ve been when it comes to fighting, action, gun-fu as we say,” said Common, who added that his character isn’t a straight up villain.
“We have some different points of view,” Reeves added coyly.
The panel opened with a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, that included plenty of action and this badass line from Wick: “Guns, knives, just meat and potatoes stuff. You gotta know how to make an omelet.”
Lionsgate will release John Wick: Chapter 2 in theaters on Feb. 10, 2017.
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