So, what exactly does “Parabellum” mean?
“John Wick uses a lot of languages and I’m a big fan of Latin,” says director Chad Stahelski. “It’s just a language fetish of mine. It comes from [a Latin saying]. It means, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.'”
Reeves’ sharp-dressed assassin ended 2017’s John Wick: Chapter 2 with a $14 million contract out on his life — which is exactly how John Wick: Chapter 3 (out May 17) begins. “The third chapter is literally connected to 2 and starts with John Wick on the run,” says Reeves. “It goes crazy from there.”
Some of that craziness involves Sofia (Halle Berry), a new character Wick meets in the Middle East. “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.”
Other franchise newcomers include Mark Dacascos and Asia Kate Dillon, who play characters associated with the criminal council known as the High Table. There’s also Hollywood legend Anjelica Huston as “someone who was responsible for [Wick’s] upbringing and his protection,” says Stahelski, who calls Chapter 3 “a little bit of an origin story.”
Watch the new trailer, above.