Cast members – including the lead star – have been announced for The Continental, the upcoming event series that will serve as a prequel to the hit Keanu Reeves movie franchise, John Wick.
The three-night special-event TV series is being produced by Lionsgate Television and, in the US, will be heading to Starz, the network owned by Lions Gate Entertainment. Reeves won’t be starring in the series, although is in negotiations to be on board as an executive producer.
The Continental will be set in 1975 and will look at the origins of the titular hotel that houses assassins. Colin Woodell (The Flight Attendant, The Originals) has been cast as a young Winston Scott, the man who would go on to become the hotel owner played by Ian McShane in the films. Scott is dragged into the Hell-scape of ’70s NYC to face a past he thought was behind him, finding himself navigating the city’s deadly underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel.
Deadline broke the news of Mel Gibson‘s casting, reporting that he’ll be playing a character named Cormac. As for who exactly Cormace is and how he’ll connect to Scott, that’s being kept under wraps for now.
Also among the cast: Hubert Point-Du Jour (The Good Lord Bird), playing a character named Miles; Jessica Allain (The Laundromat) as Lou; Mishel Prada (Vida) as KD; Nhung Kate (The Housemaid) as Yen; and Ben Robson (Animal Kingdom) as Frankie.
The series is being written by Greg Coolidge (Wayne, Ride Along) and Kirk Ward (Wayne), who are also attached as showrunners and executive producers. The EP team includes franchise director Chad Stahelski, franchise writer Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Paul Wernick, Shawn Simmons and Rhett Reese.
Attached to direct episodes one and three, titled Night One and Night Three, is The Book of Eli and From Hell co-director Albert Hughes. Charlotte Brändström, who’s attached to direct two episodes of Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series, will be at the helm of Night Two.
The John Wick franchise has gone from strength to strength with each film, the third of which topped $US327 million worldwide, bringing the three films to almost $US600 million all up. Stahelski and Reeves are now filming John Wick: Chapter 4 across Germany, Japan and France, with a US release currently set for May 27th, 2022.