We will continuously update our definitive guide to John Wick 2 and provide you with the latest news of everyone’s favorite assassin. Updates will be sorted by date while our original guide will remain below.
April 27 – Fresh off the CinemaCon awards in Las Vegas, we are again getting a trickle of news for John Wick Chapter Two. The biggest news? A strong hint why the studio named it Chapter Two. Keanu Reeves heavily implied future installments past the sequel debuting in February:
“I love John Wick. We had an amazing time making this story. I can’t say that we’re not geeked about continuing the idea and the character. We have some really cool ideas. We talk about what would be cool to take it to the next level.”
Also, we now have an official synopsis for the movie:[ecko_contrast]Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick, who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” arriving in theaters on February 10, 2017.[/ecko_contrast]
Our definitive guide was originally posted on March 25, 2016.
Mr. Wick doesn’t have to think he’s back, the man is.
A surprise hit of 2014, the movie is everything you want in an action film. Cars, Keanu Reeves being an all-around badass and the best damn action choreography in years. Oh, and the mayhem guy from Allstate.
Catching Up With John Wick
Haven’t seen the first film? Come on, get to your on-demand service right now. For those lacking the time or forgot, here’s a quick primer. John Wick is a retired assassin who is mourning the death of his wife. As a final gift to him, a puppy arrives at his doorstep to help John get through the loss.
They spend their days driving around in a ‘69 Mustang I would love to have. The two are marked by a trio of Russian gangsters at a gas station. Those three would later steal Wick’s car and brutally kill his dog.
No Sarah Mclachlan song. Zero sad Keanu. Instead, you get pissed off Keanu, who remembers he knows kung fu. Except, the directors decided to translate that into gun-fu.
What happens next is near non-stop action. The best scene? I’ve embedded it countless times and watched it more. The Red Circle Club scene.
John Wick Chapter Two
You’ve caught up with the first film; now it’s time to start thinking Chapter Two in the story of John Wick.
— John Wick: Chapter 2 (@JohnWickUpdates) December 21, 2015
The plot. Still tons of vague hints here. But it’s starting to coalesce as we get closer to the marketing of the film. Keanu talked about how the sequel was coming together in an interview with Collider last October.
“Chad and the writer, Derek Kolstad, they’ve really listened to what people have enjoyed about the work and how they speak about it. So there’s definitely that influence of the other world, the Continental world, the look, the feel, what it is about the movie, what made people like it; is definitely being paid attention to and the world opens up in this chapter.”
I don’t know if it’s to top that emotional hit, but it’s certainly to have an emotional hit like, “Why tell the story? Why do we need to do this again? How do we do that without doing another dog?” So we speak about John Wick, the next chapter, and what is that emotional hook, what is that? So I think we have a good idea of that.
The best opportunities for possible plot information is casting.
John Wick Chapter 2 Cast
Morpheus is reuniting with Neo. Laurence Fishburne joined the cast of Chapter Two and is offering up fantastic teases on his character. In an interview with Collider, he talked about how he was not a part of the Continental, but another world that that’s integral to John Wick.
— Collider News (@ColliderNews) March 21, 2016
“I’m not part of the Continental world, no, but I’m a part of another world that exists inside the world of John Wick. That wasn’t something that was clear in the first movie. It’s like a part of his world that exists, but you wouldn’t know about it, and it won’t really be revealed until the second movie.”
He is referred to in the movie as The Bowery King, with Reeves praising his portrayal of in the upcoming sequel.
“Laurence [Fishburne] has this fantastic role as a character in the Underworld called The Bowery King. He plays such a great character in the piece, and he brings of course humor, intelligence, charisma and fascination – he’s such an incredible actor, and it was a pleasure to work with him again. And Peter Stormare – Stormare has more of a cameo in it but again he brings such fun and mystery and this mixture of groundedness and the surreal.”
Friend or foe? Both actors are coy on the answer, but Fishburne has said that he takes a backseat to the action.
“A little bit, not a whole lot. Very, very little. Very little.”
Well damn. I want to see the duo team up and kick some ass. It sounds like Fishburne’s character is more about Wick’s past than his present. And other casting leads us down that road.
Villains of John Chapter Two
Who is shaping up to be the villains against John Wick in Chapter Two? Ruby Rose is a female crime lord in the film, and judging by her social media, she’s training to kick serious ass in the movie.
Common will be her chief security officer in the film. Keanu’s quote mentions Peter Stormare, but his role is more of a cameo. That’s unfortunate because you’ll recognize him from Prison Break and the crazy Russian in Bad Boys II.
— John Wick: Chapter 2 (@JohnWickUpdates) February 17, 2016
One of the best parts of the first film was the Continental Hotel. It’s back for the sequel with its cast of characters. Ian McShane’s Winton is returning, along with Lance Reddick as Charon, the head concierge at the hotel.
I just want to hear the man say ‘Mr. Wick.’ Good news for Charon, though. The cast does include a seamstress. Maybe no one is that good at dry cleaning, but a new suit? Yeah, that can be done.
John Leguizamo’s Aurelio is making his return to the film. Here’s hoping he gets more screen time. The guy is an underappreciated actor and always shines in his scenes.
Bridget Moynahan is also back in the film, lending some thought we will see flashbacks involving Wick and his wife, Helen. Could this be a hint we will get to see the job Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) mention? The impossible job that helped build the Tarasov empire? Here’s hoping.
Other hints that we will get to see more of Wick’s past include the casting of a Special Ops assassin. Could the scene from the first film that showed off Wick’s tattoos give us a clue?
Here’s an image of the scene:
The prominent tattoo is “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat.” A literal translation is ‘Fortune Favors the Bold.’ That is incredibly close the motto of the 3rd Battalion Marines based in Hawaii, which is “Fortuna Fortes Juvat” or “Fortune Favors the Brave.”
Could Wick be an ex-Marine? It would explain his training. He didn’t suddenly become an assassin. Hand-to-hand and firearm skills? Speaks to special ops training.
Here’s hoping he is a Marine. It would offer up all sorts of plotlines for the sequel to mine.
John Wick Chapter Two Location
Wick is getting his passport stamped for the sequel. While the first film took place in New York, the sequel will see action in Rome. Here’s to John kicking ass throughout the city.
Expect New York to remain a central locale for the story due to the role of the Continental.
John Wick Chapter Two Release Date
February 10, 2017. Hell of a Valentine’s movie but the date offers up some great counter-programming. Wick and company are sharing that Friday with 50 Shades Darker, Lego Batman and The Mountain Between Us.
It’s a stacked release date, but the film targets a different demo. You’re not taking your kids to watch John Wick 2. At least, you probably shouldn’t. Good luck explaining to a five-year-old what a headshot is.
50 Shades Darker? Double movie weekend for couples.
What Can We Expect?
Now the speculation and what we’d like to see. The impossible job is a must. I know it was a VR game at GDC, but I want to see it on the silver screen. At least glimpses of how Wick became Baba Yaga.
With the Continental Hotel returning, will we get an explanation of the Assassin’s Guild and the underworld they have created? What about the gold coins? There is significance in the currency used by the assassins. I’d love to know what it is.
Background on John. It’s a certainty, but passing references in the first film are too damn tantalizing. We need details.
Cars. I can’t decide which I want more. The ‘69 Mustang or the Chevelle Wick borrows from Aurelio in the first film. With Chapter Two jumping the pond to Rome, are we looking at the introduction of Italian supercars to battle alongside American muscle?
Action. If you didn’t think Keanu was serious about his films, check him out wrecking a 3-gun course.
Ok… No more sad Keanu memes…
Fast Facts on John Wick
The gun style used in the first film looks to be borrowing heavily from a technique known as Center Axis Relock (CAR). You can see it being demonstrated:
The Red Circle nightclub scene? Not only is it excellent choreography, but it has the soundtrack to match.
John Wick Club Scene Songs
During the Red Circle scene, you are actually hearing the combination of four songs weaving the complete scene together. The first you’ll recognize is when he’s drowning Iosef’s buddy, Victor. The track is ‘The Drowning’ by Le Castle Varna.
Next is Wick’s transition from the outside the club into the bathhouse. ‘Think’ by Kaleida pairs well before everything goes to hell.
It’s the third song that is my favorite. When John Wick walks from the bathhouse into the club, you have LED Spirals by Le Castle Varna.
The final song in the scene is Le Castle Varna again. Called ‘Shots Fired,’ it is damn fitting to the sequence. Try to count the shots. It’s impossible.
John Wick’s Favorite Weapons
His weapon of choice? In the scene where he dug up his hidden arsenal, we see a Heckler Koch P30L fitted with a custom compensator. We see him use the handgun throughout the film.
The secondary handgun is a Glock 26, which he uses during the bathhouse segment of the Red Circle fight.
For long guns, we see John use the Kel-Tec KSG shotgun, a Coharie Arms CA-415 and Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout sniper rifle.
American Muscle in John Wick
Outside of the action, if you’re a classic car fan, the movie is great. Featured in the beginning is a 1969 Ford Mach 1 Mustang. His other classic was a 1970 SS 454 LS6 Chevelle.
A fun fact on the Mustang? The production was not allowed to damage the car at all and the scene where Wick is aggressively driving? Nearly all of it was Keanu behind the wheel. Except for the part where the car stops inches from the trucks.
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