Like any other year, the biggest movies of 2016 are already looking to be sequels primarily, from Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse to Bourne 5 and Zoolander 2. Of the few that have a strong possibility of not disappointing, however, very few are in the same wheelhouse as John Wick 2, the anticipated follow-up to one of 2014’s best and biggest surprises. Anticipation for the second installment of the stylish Keanu Reeves-led action series has hit a peak, with Bridget Moynahan and Ian McShane returning to their roles, and new cast members Ruby Rose, Peter Stormare, and Common suiting up to face Wick’s wrath. And now, we have confirmation that the great Laurence Fishburne will be making some sort of appearance in the sequel in an undisclosed role.
Fishburne’s involvement was announced via a picture on Reeves’ Twitter page, in which the former Hannibal co-star seems to be done-up in a homeless-looking wardrobe, with several layers of coats covering him; you can check out the tweet below. Maybe he’s just really cold? There’s no word as to who his character is or what his relationship to the titular hard-to-kill hitman will be, but the reuniting of Fishburne and Reeves is a potent hit of nostalgia for fans of The Matrix, and the two performers in general.
Reeves has seen a major boost in his workload as of late, and 2016 brings not only John Wick 2 but also Ana Lily Armapour‘s The Bad Batch, the talented filmmaker’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Nicholas Winding Refn‘s anticipated The Neon Demon, to name just two. Meanwhile, Fishburne will be appearing in the not-great-looking Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and is currently filming both the upcoming Roots mini-series and Morten Tyldum‘s Passengers, the director’s follow-up to The Imitation Game, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. These are major-label works by major directors, but it’s just as exciting and reassuring to see both to make time for a compact, all-force B-movie like John Wick as possible Oscar and Golden Globes contenders.