The cast for the upcoming fourth instalment of the John Wick franchise is continuing to grow as Collider is reporting that Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Kombat, Army of the Dead) is the latest addition to the roster. The outlet is also reporting that Sanada will be playing a key character known as Watanabe, though no other details have been released as of writing this.
Sanada will be starring alongside Keanu Reeves who is reprising his role as the eponymous John Wick, Donnie Yen (Ip Man) who is playing a fellow assassin who “shares his same history and many of the same enemies”, Japanese-British pop singer Rina Sawayama as an as-yet-unrevealed female lead, Ian McShane who is returning as Winston, Shamier Anderson (Wynonna Earp), Bill Skarsgård (It Chapter Two), and Laurence Fishburne who is reprising his role as The Bowery King.
While plot details are being kept under wraps, it’s safe to assume that Chapter 4 will possibly pick up after the events of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum with Keanu Reeves’ John Wick aiming to get revenge against Ian McShane’s Winston for betraying him and taking the fight to the High Table directly.
Derek Kolstad, who wrote all three previous John Wick films, has previously revealed that he won’t be returning to write the screenplay for John Wick: Chapter 4. Instead, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum co-writer Shay Hatten and Michael Finch (American Assassin) will write the script with Chad Stahelski returning to direct once again.