Just a few weeks ago, we reported that production has gotten under way on Lionsgate's highly-anticipated action sequel John Wick 2. Keanu Reeves is returning as the title character, with Common signing on to play the new villain, and Ian McShane reprising his role as Winston, the owner of the Hotel Continental. Today, Deadline reports that the cast has been rounded out with new actors Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio and Peter Stormare. They are joined by original John Wick stars John Leguizamo (Aurelio), Bridget Moynahan (Helen), Thomas Sadoski (Jimmy) and Lance Reddick (Charon).
Plot details are being kept under wraps, and no details were given about the new characters played by Ruby Rose, Riccardo Scamarcio and Peter Stormare. In the original John Wick, John Leguizamo's Aurelio ran a New York City chop shop, and Bridget Moynahan played John Wick's late wife. Thomas Sadoski played a cop named Jimmy while Lance Reddick portrayed Charon, manager of the Hotel Continental who has an innate ability to anticipate his client's needs.
With Bridget Moynahan returning, it seems clear we'll have more flashbacks to John's time with his wife in John Wick 2, and Lance Reddick's return hopefully means we'll learn more about the mysterious Hotel Continental, which caters exclusively to the assassin community. Thomas Sadoski's police officer character Jimmy was part of one of the original's most memorable scenes regarding a "noise complaint" and John Leguizamo's Aurelio helped shed light on John Wick's past, and how he is not the right person to mess with.
Chad Stahelski, who directed the original John Wick with David Leitch, is returning to take the helm on John Wick 2, although he will be directing solo. Both filmmakers had planned to tackle the sequel together, but they decided to split up for the time being, with Chad Stahelski taking on the sequel and David Leitch directing The Coldest City, which has Charlize Theron set to star. John Wick writer Derek Kolstad returned to write the script.
Ruby Rose plays Stella Carlin on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and she also stars in the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Riccardo Scamarcio can currently be seen in Burnt, while Peter Stormare will next be seen in Rupture. What do you think about these new casting additions for John Wick 2?