We’ve been very excited to see how filmmakers will be closing out the John Wick trilogy with the upcoming production of John Wick: Chapter 3. So much so, we’ve been trying piece together as much information on the film and its production.
Omega Underground has learned that director Chad Stahelski and Lionsgate are aiming to begin production on the third installment around April 26th.
Slightly earlier than previously reported.
Our friends over at ThatHashtagShow were able to uncover that Japanese action star Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld, Last Samurai, Sunshine, The Wolverine) would be playing the film’s main villain (possibly a Yakuza member of The High Table), with John Wick: Chapter 2 alumni Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose expected set to return alongside Ian McShane and Keanu Reeves.
It’s poised to shoot in both New York City and Montreal (the latter doubled for NYC in Chapter 2), along with the potential filming locations of Russia and Spain.
Reeves had suggested he’d like to see the film’s setting take place in Tokyo (Sanada’s involvement could help cement this) and Jerusalem.
Previously, we reported on the film’s pre-production status (filming start’s bump from the fall to spring/summer) which was later confirmed by trades and that production designer Kevin Kavanaugh (John Wick: Chapter 2, Sicario 2: Soldado, The Dark Knight Rises, Nightcrawler) would be back.
We’ve also learned that Lance Reddick is expected to make a return as well but the size of his role is currently undetermined.
Lionsgate has set the release date for Chapter 3 for May 17th, 2019.
SOURCE: OMEGA UNDERGROUND