Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for the highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter 2. The film finds Keanu Reeves reprising his titular role as legendary hitman John Wick, who is forced once again out of retirement when a former associate plots to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Chad Stahelski—one half of the directing team behind John Wick—takes the helm solo this time around as the franchise takes the action to Rome.
This is a terrific trailer that not only employs some classical music to great effect, but more importantly, it provides the John Wick we want to see: a guy who guns down bad guys left and right. Stahelski looks like he’s seriously upped his already impressive game for the sequel, and the new movie looks even sleeker and more stylish than the original. Expectations are definitely high for Chapter 2, but this trailer makes it look like Stahelski has risen to the challenge. Plus Keanu doesn’t look like he’s missed a step at all, and it’s great to see him anchor yet another successful franchise.
Watch the first John Wick: Chapter 2 trailer below. The film also stars John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common, Peter Stormare, and Riccardo Scamarcio. John Wick: Chapter 2 opens in theaters on February 10, 2017. Click here for our recap of the film’s New York Comic-Con panel.
Here’s the official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter 2:
Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” arriving in theaters on February 10, 2017.