John Wick 4 confirmed for 2021 release date

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they ha…

The next chapter in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021.

Following the release of the third instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they have greenlit another film, currently titled John Wick: Chapter 4.

The flick is slated for release on 21 May 2021, with the news first announced via a text message to fans who had signed up for news about the movies, with the note reading, “You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021.”

No other details regarding the cast or plot were shared.

The third feature in the neo-noir action franchise saw Reeves return as the titular character, with Chad Stahelski back directing. Also starring Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane, the narrative focuses on ex-hitman Wick as he discovers himself on the run after killing a member of an international assassin’s guild.

The film, which was shot in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco, has received positive reviews from critics, especially in regards to fight choreography, aesthetics and Reeves’ performance. On its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum grossed $57 million (£44 million) in the United States and Canada, and $35 million (£27 million) in other territories, for a worldwide total of $92 million (£72 million).

In addition to working on the new film, Reeves has a busy slate of projects at present. He is in the pre-production stages of movies The Starling and Rally Car, and is set to reprise one of his most famous roles – time-travelling layabout Ted Logan – in a new Bill & Ted movie.

The 54-year-old has also been attached to play John Rain in upcoming TV series Rain, and recently shared in a chat with Variety that he would like to play demon hunter John Constantine in a follow-up to his 2005 film Constantine.

“I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character,” he commented.

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Halle Berry: ‘John Wick 3 was the hardest job of my life’

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out …

Halle Berry has never faced a greater challenge than the physical training she took on for her new action film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The actress portrays assassin Sofia in the movie and she spent several hours a week, sometimes working out twice a day, to get prepared for the physical role.

“I trained for six months straight,” she tells ET Online. “Firearms, fight, all of these martial arts, dog training. I had never been challenged in that way, so, hands down this was the hardest (experience).”

“I never worked so hard in my life, honestly, for a film role ever,” she adds to Extra, before praising co-star and leading man Keanu Reeves for his influence on her workout regimen for the project. “I watched Keanu raise the bar every day so I had no choice but to step up to his level and try to be on par with him the best I could.”

Halle worked with her personal trainer of five years Peter Lee Thomas extensively, as well as John Wick 3 fight trainer Heidi Moneymaker at least five days a week for the film.

She mastered pull-ups and jump rope, while perfecting intense fighting and military style training, such as dragging a 65 pound (30 kilogram) sand bag behind her while sprinting up stairs.

“(The sand bag training) is one of several non-traditional ways of attacking the core,” Thomas tells USA Today. “It truly represents what military personnel fighters go through.”

And he has always been very impressed with Halle’s hard work: “This woman could walk through walls,” the fitness expert adds. “She’s a titan.”

Halle broke three ribs training for John Wick 3, but she is now fully recovered and back in the gym to prepare for her new action film Bruised, which will also mark her directorial debut.

“This woman is so hard-working and tough, I had to tell her to stop,” movie fight trainer Moneymaker recalls of Berry’s commitment. “She did go through a lot of strains and bruises, but even if she was dog-tired, if I said, ‘How do you feel?’ she’d say, ‘Great, let’s go again.'”

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Halle Berry open to starring in another James Bond film

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day. The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured…

Halle Berry isn’t ruling out another Bond girl outing following her showstopping role in 2002’s Die Another Day.

The mother-of-two, who has returned to action roles for the latest John Wick sequel, portrayed Jinx Johnson in the 007 hit, which featured Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and she wouldn’t mind reprising the character – or playing a new femme fatale.

“Maybe not tomorrow, because I’m kind of busy right now so my dance card is sort of full, but in a few years time, if they asked, I’d do it,” she said when asked about returning to the franchise, reports MailOnline.

Recalling her time as a Bond girl, Halle added: “It was one of the best experiences of my career working with that family, so I’m excited to see the new film.”

Daniel Craig will close out his stint as the super sleuth in the 25th, as yet untitled, Bond movie, which began shooting in Jamaica last month. It marks his fifth outing as the English spy.

Speaking to Hello! recently about John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, where she joins Keanu Reeves who’s back as the title character, she explained why she badgered returning director Chad Stahelski for the role of assassin Sofia.

“I knew I was strong enough to do this role which is why I reached out to Chad and told him he didn’t have a choice but to cast me,” she said. “I know I am 52 but I am also strong and active and I am tired of being defined by the number of my birthdays.

“It’s really important that we women start to kick ageism in the face by showing what we can do.”

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Halle Berry became Malinois mistress for John Wick sequel

Halle Berry worked tirelessly with Belgian Malinois dogs for months to perfect her role as a tough girl in the new John Wick sequel. The actress spent four days a week over “several months” working with Andrew Simpson, a leading animal handler who is …

Halle Berry worked tirelessly with Belgian Malinois dogs for months to perfect her role as a tough girl in the new John Wick sequel.

The actress spent four days a week over “several months” working with Andrew Simpson, a leading animal handler who is best known for training the direwolves in Game of Thrones, getting to know the five dogs picked for the action movie.

“I spent four days a week, three hours a day, going through drills with the dogs to build a close relationship,” the Oscar winner tells WENN. “Malinois are super smart and fiercely loyal but, at the same time, they like to play, which made it fun. I’m an animal person. I have two dogs myself, so the sweetest part of my training day was always hanging out with the dogs.”

The rest of Halle’s training was much more gruelling and centred around martial arts, core strength and conditioning so she could keep up with director and former stuntman Chad Stahelski’s touch pace.

“Because of Chad’s long takes, it was essential to have really good cardiovascular stamina so I could do lots of moves at once and then do them over and over,” Berry explains. “I also really wanted to show I could keep up with Keanu Reeves, which is no easy deal.”

But her co-star was very impressed with the actress’ work ethic, adding, “She was 100 per cent committed. Not only did she go through months of martial arts and weapons training, she also had the dog training.

“She got to the point that our dog trainer said to me, ‘They treat Halle as their trainer now’, which is amazing. She showed up in every way. It was great fun for me to be able to work with her dramatically and to have her be such a strong partner in the action.”

And Halle also won praise from stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker, who signed on as the star’s personal trainer for the shoot: “Halle’s very athletic, works hard and she picks stuff up incredibly fast.”

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Halle Berry’s pride at nailing John Wick 3 fight scene

Halle Berry felt “so much pride” after she and Keanu Reeves nailed a tricky fight sequence for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.The third instalment of the action franchise picks up right where the second left off, with Reeves’ retired assassin John W…

Halle Berry felt “so much pride” after she and Keanu Reeves nailed a tricky fight sequence for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

The third instalment of the action franchise picks up right where the second left off, with Reeves’ retired assassin John Wick trying to escape New York after having a global bounty of $14 million placed on his head for killing his nemesis inside the Continental hotel.

Berry is a new addition to the cast as a dog-loving hired assassin and Wick’s close friend Sofia, and she spent months training to hold her own besides Reeves.

“We had a scene where we’re on a rug and we had to take down like 12, 14, 15 some-odd guys together on a rug and I thought, ‘Hmm, how is this going to work? How are we not going to knock each other out and throw our guys? This isn’t going to happen,'” she recalled to Entertainment Tonight. “And then I remember when we did it I felt so much pride.

“I felt like, ‘Holy s**t, I just did a movie with Keanu on a rug and we did this s**t!’ I was so amped. That was the moment that it hit me that I was working with Keanu and I was a part of this franchise that I had loved so long.”

In addition to spending five days a week training for six months to learn martial arts, the Oscar winner also had to train with her canine co-stars.

“I worked with these dogs a lot so they could get to know me and I could get to know them,” she explained. “And I could command them on the day and wrangle them a little bit if things went crazy.”

The 52-year-old recently revealed that she broke three ribs rehearsing for the stunts, but she considers the injury “a badge of honour”.

John Wick 3, also starring Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane and Reeves’ old Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne, hits cinemas from 15 May (19).

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Halle Berry has big regrets about passing on Speed

Halle Berry rues the day she rejected the female lead in Speed because the finished film was very different from the script she had been presented. The actress reveals she had been approached to star in the 1994 action thriller before a young Sandra B…

Halle Berry rues the day she rejected the female lead in Speed because the finished film was very different from the script she had been presented.

The actress reveals she had been approached to star in the 1994 action thriller before a young Sandra Bullock took on the part of a makeshift bus driver, who is tasked with keeping the vehicle above a certain speed to avoid setting off a bomb hidden onboard.

Halle had no idea Keanu Reeves was being lined up as her co-star at the time, but she quickly dismissed the project because in the early version of the movie, the bus remained completely stationary.

During a joint interview with Keanu for U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, she explained to the actor, “I don’t know if you know this, but I was offered Speed before Sandra Bullock.

“I stupidly said no. But in my defence, when I read the script the bus didn’t leave the parking lot. I was like, ‘No, no, no, no.’ Then I see the movie and I’m like, ‘Arrrrghh!'”

“I was in it well before these fine people,” she added, referring to Reeves and Bullock. “They were offering me the parking lot version.”

Speed, written by Graham Yost and directed by Jan de Bont, went on to become a sleeper hit, and even picked up two technical Oscars at the 1995 Academy Awards, while also helping to launch Bullock’s career.

Now, 25 years later, Halle has finally been given the chance to work with Keanu on their upcoming release, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Keanu reprises his role as the titular hitman in the action blockbuster, with Halle portraying Sofia, an old acquaintance of the assassin.

The Oscar winner has been open about the injuries she sustained training for the stunt scenes, breaking three ribs during rehearsals, but it was all worth it for Halle because she didn’t want to embarrass herself in front of her leading man.

“It was a little terrifying at first because he’s so damn good, and I wanted to be on the same level as him,” she previously told Extra. “I didn’t want to disappoint him.”

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits theatres later this month (May19).

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Halle Berry celebrates wrapping filming on John Wick 3

Halle Berry has raised a toast to the cast and crew of the forthcoming John Wick sequel after wrapping filming on the action project. The Oscar winner was cast opposite Keanu Reeves as the titular hitman in John Wick 3: Parabellum in May (18), and she…

Halle Berry has raised a toast to the cast and crew of the forthcoming John Wick sequel after wrapping filming on the action project.

The Oscar winner was cast opposite Keanu Reeves as the titular hitman in John Wick 3: Parabellum in May (18), and she has spent the past few weeks on location in Morocco.

Halle has been documenting her travels on social media, and on Saturday (17Nov18), she celebrated the completion of her role by sharing a snap of a glass of red wine on Instagram.

“It’s a wrap…CHEERS!” she captioned the image. “A huge thank you to all the beautiful people of Morocco! Thank you for opening your hearts to me and making me feel so at home.

Halle went on to express her gratitude to have been invited to be involved in the hit franchise.

“#JohnWick3 has been a truly memorable experience!” she continued. “I have so much respect for #KeanuReeves and this franchise, it’s been my honor to be apart of it! Thank you @chadstahelski, our fearless director – I had the extreme pleasure of working along side (sic) your most amazingly talented @87elevenaction stunt crew, lead (sic) by @heidimoneymaker!”

Calling Heidi the “best stunt woman working in the business today”, Halle admitted she was feeling stronger than ever at 52 years old: “They’ve all pushed me to new levels and forced me to work physically harder than I have ever before,” she wrote. “This film reinforces that AGE is nothing but an insignificant number!

“My deepest respect and heartfelt thanks to the ENTIRE stunt team. I miss you already…!” she concluded. “the pleasure was all mine and I’ll remember it always !”

John Wick 3: Parabellum is set for release in May (19).

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Taron Egerton rules himself out of new Kingsman movie

Taron Egerton won’t be a part of the next Kingsman film.  The Welsh actor became a household name after playing Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, a role he reprised for sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle la…

Taron Egerton won’t be a part of the next Kingsman film.  

The Welsh actor became a household name after playing Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin in Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, a role he reprised for sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle last year (17).

In September, it was confirmed Vaughn was turning the franchise into a trilogy, but Egerton has disappointed fans but saying he’s out – for now anyway.

“I don’t know how hot off the press this is, and I think I’m allowed to say it, but I’m not in the next Kingsman movie,” he told Yahoo. “That doesn’t mean I won’t ever be in Kingsman ever again. I was with Matthew as little as a few days ago. I’ve got a missed call from him this morning. We’re very much still in business together. It’s just that his next journey in that universe doesn’t involve me.”

Vaughn’s next foray into Kingsman, the private intelligence group at the heart of the films, won’t be a direct sequel to The Golden Circle, but a spin-off/prequel called Kingsman: The Great Game.

It will examine how the organisation began around the time of WWI, with Ralph Fiennes rumoured to be taking on a lead role.

“His idea for the new one is incredibly exciting,” Egerton enthused. “I’m sad that I won’t be on that journey with him, but it’s not the last you’ve seen of Eggsy.”

Vaughn is also developing a Kingsman TV series as well as a film concentrating on Statesman, the U.S. intelligence group introduced in The Golden Circle.

So far, the franchise has attracted an A-list ensemble cast, with the likes of Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Samuel L. Jackson starring alongside core cast members Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.

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Halle Berry to make directing debut with mixed martial arts film

Halle Berry is set to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama. The Oscar winner will also star in Bruised, which features many of the stunt co-ordinators and producers involved in the John Wick movie franchise. Halle plays a…

Halle Berry is set to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama.

The Oscar winner will also star in Bruised, which features many of the stunt co-ordinators and producers involved in the John Wick movie franchise.

Halle plays a no-nonsense character called Sofia in John Wick 3: Parabellum, opposite Keanu Reeves.

The new film, written by Michelle Rosenfarb, will centre upon a disgraced MMA fighter who is reunited with the kid she walked out on ahead of a career-defining fight.

Production starts in March (19), according to Deadline.

Bruised won’t be the first time Berry has got involved in the business of making movies – she served as a producer on last year’s (17) Kidnap and 2010’s Frankie & Alice. She also executive produced TV movies Lackawanna Blues and Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and TV series Extant.

Berry is on the verge of a career revival in front of the camera after a string of critical flops – in addition to John Wick 3: Parabellum, she has also signed on to star in the remake of 1985 thriller Jagged Edge.

And she’s keen to take on more action roles after training with the elite stunt team for her new Keanu Reeves movie, documenting her fitness sessions online as she got into fighting shape.

“#Sofia has been my most physically challenging role to date,” she wrote on Instagram. “I have never trained this hard before in my life, and I’ve become a better person for it – challenges like this keep us youthful, energized, confident – it helps us realize we can do more than we ever thought.”

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