Among the most lauded action film franchises of all time, “John Wick” has revived Keanu Reeves’ career and served as an inspiration for films such as “Atomic Blonde,” “Nobody,” and “Day Shift.” Though it’s not surprising given that the “John Wick” games have some of the finest action scenes in recent memory, there is much more to this assassin franchise than just gunplay.
“John Wick” films have built upon the complex criminal underworld hinted at in the first film by introducing new and interesting elements with each sequel. The rich ensemble of characters around Reeves’ eponymous tough man has grown in number and variety as the Wick Cinematic Universe has progressed.
Fans have been demanding additional information about several characters, especially the killers of the ballerinas who were only briefly seen in a crucial scene in the third film.
With the announcement that a deadly dancer will star in a “John Wick” spin-off film, it seems like we’re going to learn a lot about these mysterious characters. Keep reading to find out everything there is to know about the forthcoming action film “Ballerina,” including its narrative, actors, and production crew.
Ballerina Release Date
At this time, Ballerina is set to premiere in theaters on June 7, 2024. As a result, Ballerina will be available on streaming services by the end of 2024.
Ballerina will be available to watch in December 2024 as, as of late, Lionsgate has a habit of putting theatrical pictures on streaming services between five and six months after they have played exclusively in theaters.
With Ana de Armas at the helm, the Ballerina cast is very A-list. Along with her, she has notable guests like Keanu Reeves, who plays John Wick again. (Consider us happy; a Keanu Reeves film is the only thing that can top an Ana de Armas film.) Lance Reddick, who tragically died away earlier this year, will also make a cameo appearance in the film.
Here’s the ballerina cast:
- Ana de Armas as Rooney
- Keanu Reeves as John Wick
- Lance Reddick as Charon
- Norman Reedus in unnamed role
- Anjelica Huston as The Director
- Catalina Sandino Moreno
- Ian McShane as Winston
- Gabriel Bryne in an unnamed role
Ballerina will probably stick to a similarly straightforward narrative to the John Wick flicks, which have often received good reviews despite their lack of complex storylines. Rooney, a dancer and assassin, will be at the core of the story as she seeks vengeance for the murder of her family.
The job needed a competent performer who could convey the emotional side of Rooney’s terrible past, and Ana de Armas delivers that and more to the role, thus recasting her was a good decision for multiple reasons.
The plots of Ballerina and the main John Wick series are likely to intersect in significant ways. This includes the franchise’s titular character, who is set to have a role in the tale.
According to the screenwriter of the picture, Ballerina will take a fresh look at John Wick’s backstory, which will serve to both keep the plot consistent and provide a link between the young offshoot and the more established elements of the series. Even if John Wick has a little role in Balletina’s plot, the spinoff will nevertheless seem like a fuller chapter in the series because of his charisma and the fact that he is a major attraction.
Len Wiseman, famed for the previous two Underworld films, will now be overseeing directorial responsibilities because primary series director Chad Stahelski is concentrating on Chapter 4 and Chapter 5, as well as the impending Highlander remake and Ghosts of Tsushima adaptation.
Ballerina was rewritten to be a part of the John Wick series, although screenwriter Shay Hatten created it as a standalone film. Hatten is responsible for John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum. An example of this would be the adaptation of a solo screenplay into an existing intellectual property, as seen in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995) or 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). The revised screenplay was co-written by Hatten and Academy Award winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman).
Casting director Olivia Scott-Webb (The Queen’s Gambit), costume designer Tina Kalivas (Australia), cinematographer Romain Lacourbas (The Witcher), and production designer Philip Ivey (District 9) round out the group.
The Ballerina trailer has not been released yet. We probably won’t get one for a long, considering the film’s release next year.
Where to watch Ballerina?
It seems like Ballerina will start with a theatrical release for its premiere. We have some uncertainty that it will make its way to streaming platforms in due course, but the John Wick films have always been massive blockbusters, so this fits right in.