McShane Offers “John Wick 2” Villain Details

The anticipated “John Wick: Chapter Two,” the sequel to last year’s Keanu Reeves-led hitman throwback action film, was recently in production ahead of a 2017 release.

Along with Reeves, another familiar face returning for this outing is former “Deadwood” alum Ian McShane who reprises his role of The Continental Hotel’s proprietor, Winston. McShane has offered some additional details about the next instalment to EW, confirming that “Burnt” actor Riccardo Scamarcio is playing the villain in the film in which Reeves’ John Wick is called upon by a former associate.

Said associate plans to take control of a Rome-based ‘shadowy international assassins’ guild’ with Scamarcio’s character serving as the current head of the guild. McShane praises his co-workers and confirms the sequel picks up shortly after the events of the first film:

“I’m kind of the only one left from the first [‘John Wick’]. This is same kind of premise. It’s not like two years later, but pretty soon after the first one. Keanu [Reeves] is a great guy. They got this terrific Italian kid, Riccardo Scamarcio, who plays the chief villain, who’s excellent, and we have a lot of stuff together.

And the guy who directs it, Chad Stahelski, is really smart. He’s been Keanu’s stunt guy for [nearly] 20 years and he’s studied muay-thai. He’s got every stunt man who’s available for [this film]. The action looks like it was done by somebody out of Hong Kong instead of Hollywood which I always think is a great sight.

Keanu gets a new dog. But yes, it’s about what comes on him after that. It’s all about the assassin’s code, if you like. He’s killed a Russian gangster and now there’s a contract out on him, so it’s a continuation. I loved the first one. This could be even better than the first.

Laurence Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Lance Reddick and Peter Stormare also star in the film which opens February 10th 2017.