Five years ago, Summit Entertainment kicked off the “John Wick” franchise with the release of its debut film “John Wick: Chapter 1”. In it, actor Keanu Reeves portrays the title character, a former hitman coping with the death of his wife.
However, after a home robbery and the murder of his puppy, Wick returns to the world of crime to avenge the culprits. Directed by Chad Stahelski, the film was well received and became a commercial hit at the box office. The motion picture grossed over 88 million worldwide against a budget of 20 million.
Due to this, the franchise received a sequel in 2017. As expected, the follow-up was a commercial success, gaining over 171.5 million worldwide. Thanks to the reception, Reeves will be reprising his role again as John Wick for the third installment.
While John Wick is back and ready to kick some ass, let’s get to know the 10 characters from the movie.
- Keanu Reeves as John Wick
Jonathan Wick better known as John Wick is a former hitman that has been on the run since he broke the rule of the Continental. With a 14 million global contract for his arrest, Wick is forced to fight his way out of New York City.
Unlike the previous films, Wick can no longer find refuge at any Continental as he lost the privilege when he murdered Camorra lord, Santino D’Antonio in the Continental. With limited options, Wick reaches out to hitwoman, Sofia for help.
2. Halle Berry as Sophia
Speaking of the devil.
Sophia, an old friend of John Wick reluctantly agrees to assist him in his escape. Speaking to ComingSoon net, Reeve revealed that;
“John Wick is fighting for his life and thinks that Halle Berry’s character has some information for him. They have a past, and they get involved with The High Table, this kind of overloading entity.”
Assisting her in her battles are her two German shepherds. Not only are they her constant companion but they are also a symbol of someone she’s lost. According to the director, Sophia and her dogs “work very well tactically”.
3. Ian McShane as Winston
Winston is the owner and manager of the Continental Hotel in New York which exists solely to cater to criminals. In both movies, Winston has proved to be a friend of Wick. For example, he gave Wick a one-hour head start when he broke the rules of the Continental. In addition, he also informed him of the High Table’s decision to double the fine from 7 million to 14 million.
4. Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King
The Bowery King is the leader of the intelligence operatives network. The network covers almost every corner of New York and operates on agents who disguise as homeless citizens. The Bowery King manages a flock of homing pigeons with the purpose of utilizing them to deliver messages and small objects. This way, he maintains an additional level of secrecy. In the second film, he proves to be on Wick’s side as he helped treat Wick’s injury and guided him on his journey to finding Santino.
5. Mark Dacascos as Zero
Mark Dacascos first gained recognition for showcasing his martial art skills in movies like “Cradle 2 the Grave”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Brotherhood of the Wolf”.
For this film, Dacascos will be playing the main villain of the show, Zero who is an assassin that intends to kill John Wick for the money. However, in his interview with Empire Magazine, Dacascos revealed that the villain actually has admiration for Wick, noting;
“He’s a huge John Wick fan, so you’ll see an essence of, ‘I have to kill you, but you know if I didn’t have to do that, we’d be besties!’
6. Asia Kate Dillon as the Adjudicator
“Orange Is the New Black” star, Asia Kate Dillon is set to appear as the Adjudicator, a member of the High table. By definition, an adjudicator is someone who decides who is right in a disagreement. Even though not much has been disclosed about her character, we are guessing she will have a role in determining John Wick’s fate.
7. Lance Reddick as Charon
A concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York, Charon has always been a neutral, courteous and patronizing persona. Having said that, Charon has helped Wick in a number of instances. One would notably be when Charon cared for his dog while he was away even though it’s against the continental rules.
In addition, he offered John some advice and assisted him in his journey in both movies. Maybe this time around, he will do Wick bigger favour? Guess, we will have to wait and see.
8. Anjelica Huston as the Director
A member of the High table, Anjelica Huston plays the Director of the council. With that amount of power, it’s no wonder she is being referred to as the one who is responsible for John Wick’s upbringing and his protection.
9. Saïd Taghmaoui as the Elder
Not much information has been provided about Saïd’s role in the upcoming film, except for the fact that he will be appearing as a member of the High Table.
10. Jason Mantzoukas as Tick Tock Man
Jason Mantzoukas has previously starred in comedy films like “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Place”. However, this film will see him portray an assassin called Tick Tock Man.
Similar to Saïd Taghmaoui’s case, not much info has been given about his role. Nevertheless, in an interview with Slashfilm, he teased his role, noting,
“I think The Tick Tock Man is probably going to be a pretty legendary character.”
Watch the trailer here: