How keen was Halle Berry to appear in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (out May 17)? According to director Chad Stahelski, the Oscar-winner expressed her interest in joining the action threequel’s cast before the project even had a script.
“It was a right before the holidays [in 2017],” says Stahelski. “I got a call saying, ‘Halle Berry would like to meet with you.’ I was like, ‘That’s cool.’ I’d never met her before. She came to my offices in Manhattan Beach the next day, walked right in, sat down, goes, ‘I want a part in John Wick 3. I’m like, well, ‘That’s very flattering, but we don’t have a script yet.’ She said, ‘I don’t care.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I don’t even know if there’s a female [part].’ She’s goes, ‘I don’t care, I want to be in it, let’s party.'”
Five months later, Stahelski decided to see if Berry was serious.
“It was like, ‘Okay, let’s just call her back and see if she’s still interested,” says the filmmaker. “And she was like, ‘Of course I’m f—ing interested. When do we start training?’ I’m like, ‘Why don’t you come down and watch?’ She’s like, ‘I don’t want to watch, I wanna do it.’ Came in, first day, jumped right in. [She] finished going, ‘Yeah, that was tough, what time do we start tomorrow?'”
In the film, Berry plays Sofia, an old acquaintance of Reeves’ titular assassin. “She has a past with John,” says Reeves. “I end up going to find her to see if she can help me.”
Sofia has two Belgian Malinois dogs, continuing the tradition of canine-centric plotlines in a film series whose first entry, 2014’s John Wick, featured Reeves’ character going on a killing spree after the murder of his four-legged friend. “Whereas John’s puppy was symbolic of his wife, Halle’s two dogs are symbolic of someone she’s lost,” says director Chad Stahelski, adding that they developed an action sequence around her “canine assistants…. They work very well tactically.”
Watch the new trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum above.