Martial arts legend Donnie Yen to throw down with Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4
John Wick, meet Ip Man.
Hong Kong martial arts star Donnie Yen, better known stateside for his roles in Rogue One and Disney's live-action Mulan, has joined the cast of John Wick 4, EW has confirmed. Yen will play an old friend of Keanu Reeves' super-assassin, who shares a history and many of the same enemies with Wick. (Hopefully that won't keep us from seeing Reeves and Yen go toe-to-toe in a fight scene.)
"We are very lucky to have Donnie Yen join the franchise," John Wick 4 director Chad Stahelski said in a statement. "I am looking forward to working with him in this exciting new role."
Yen has long been a superstar in Asia, known for his roles in martial arts action films including the blockbuster Ip Man franchise, in which he played the titular real-life grandmaster. He is also a skilled martial artist himself, proficient in numerous techniques including wushu, judo, and wing chun, among others.
The expanding John Wick franchise also has a spin-off TV show, The Continental, and a spin-off film centered on a female assassin, Ballerina, in the works, along with an already-greenlit fifth installment. The fourth entry, meanwhile, is currently slated for release May 27, 2022.
Deadline first reported Yen's casting.
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