There were rumblings that Lionsgate might share the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4 at San Diego Comic-Con, and lucky for us… those rumblings were right on the money. It feels like it’s been far too long since John Wick last graced our screens, so I’m thrilled to get a peek at his latest action epic! The conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum found Wick left for dead. After being delivered to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), the pair join forces to take down the High Table. With John Wick suitably pissed, the stage is set for an action-packed fourth chapter.
In the trailer, we see John Wick on the run from assassins, getting by with a little help from his friends. Bill Skarsgard looks particularly menacing as one of the film’s bigger bads, and the High Table appears to have had enough of Mr. Wick’s shenanigans. As the boogieman goes to town on a defenseless bit of wood, the footage jumps from one action sequence to another, each more elaborate than the last. Near the end of the trailer, we see Keanu Reeves facing off against Donnie Yen. The duo is fighting with swords and guns simultaneously. In the final shot, Wick is repeatedly seen beating someone in the head with nunchucks. I need to lay down. I can’t handle all this badassery.
Big shout to Collider’s Directors on Directing panel for scoring an appearance by Keanu Reeves and debuting the trailer at the big show.
Our own Chris Bumbray caught the first glimpse at John Wick 4 at CinemaCon back in April, so the new trailer has been long overdue for the rest of us. Chad Stahelski once again returned to direct, and he’s teased that the new movie will offer a bit of a conclusion for fans.
I think Chapter 4 is a good continuation of all three previous films, and it’s got a bit of a conclusion to it, which is great. We introduce a ton of new characters that have a lot to say about John Wick from his past and from, obviously, present. I think it’s brotherhood, it’s hope. It’s what the life would really be like as a bit of an existential crisis with John, and I think that’s the fun part of the movie.
Chad Stahelski added that “there’s a good conclusion to an emotional thread that we’ve already had.” The director also teased that they brought in stunt teams from around the world for John Wick 4 and that each added “a little bit of flavor of motion” that “helps change the set pieces.” Keanu Reeves once again plays the legendary assassin in John Wick 4 and will be joined by Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, Bill Skarsgård, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins, Clancy Brown, and Rina Sawayama. The film will also see the return of a few franchise veterans, including Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King, Ian McShane as Winston, manager of the Continental Hotel, and Lance Reddick as Charon, the concierge of the Continental. John Wick: Chapter 4 will debut in theaters on March 24, 2023.
What did you think of the John Wick 4 trailer?