“John Wick 3” Filming Begins Early?

The third film in the “John Wick” action series appears to be filming earlier than expected with That Hashtag Show reporting the film is slated to kick off filming March 1st in New York City ahead of further location shooting in Russia and Spain. That’s a little earlier than anticipated.

Chad Stahelski has yet to be officially attached as director, at present he’s dubbed himself a ‘prep director’ who has been setting things up for the new film. Now it looks like he’ll get to finish the franchise out.

Going by the working title “Alpha Cop,” the story takes place right after the ending of the second film. Numerous characters from that entry – including Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King, Common’s Cassian and Ruby Rose’s Ares – are all returning.

Joining them will be Hiroyuki Sanada as the head of a Japanese crime syndicate, and a yet to be cast female co-star in their 30s or 40s with Reeves reportedly hoping to enlist his “Constantine” co-star Tilda Swinton for the role. It’s not clear if she’ll sign on at this time.

“John Wick 3” is currently sticking to its official release date of May 17th 2019.