IGN (US), March 1, 2016

Keanu Reeves Calls John Wick Sequel a "Third Degree Black Belt"

by Chris Tilly

Reeves describes the sequel in martial arts terms.

Keanu Reeves says that the action in John Wick: Chapter 2 will take the franchise to the next level, claiming “If the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt.”

Reeves has just finished shooting the eagerly anticipated sequel, and explained that the film will expand on the Wick mythology.

“For us it was just what is the next chapter? What is the continuation of this story? Opening up the world – the underground world. The world behind the world in terms of the assassins. Kind of evolving the action – if the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt. It’s such a fun project and a great character.”

Reeves says that the sequel finds John travelling to Rome, and also introduces new characters, played by Peter Stormare and his former Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne.

“Laurence has this fantastic role as a character in the Underworld called The Bowery King” Reeves explained. “He plays such a great character in the piece and he brings of course humour, intelligence, charisma and fascination – he’s such an incredible actor and it was a pleasure to work with him again.

“And Peter Stormare – Stormare has more of a cameo in it but again he brings such fun and mystery and this mixture of groundedness and the surreal.”

John Wick: Chapter 2 hits screens next year.

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