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The John Wick Prequel Premiers On Peacock This Fall
The main John Wick series of films may have come to a conclusion back in March when John Wick Chapter 4 was released into cinemas, breaking box office records for the franchise. Opening with $73 million on its first weekend, the film is currently sitting at $402 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the series. Despite the film potentially being the final outing for the beloved action hero, the world that John Wick inhabits isn’t a closed book yet. Spin-offs of the lucrative Lionsgate franchise are in the works, including a series revolving around the infamous hotel. Streaming on Peacock later this fall, The Continental focuses on the hotel in the 1970s. Telling its story through the eyes of Winston, the owner and manager of the hotel throughout the four films, the series follows the character as he gains control of the hotel.
What’s Shown In The Trailer
Peacock recently released the trailer for the anticipated series, highlighting that the show will be a “three-part event.” It shows off the 70s aesthetic as the song “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer plays over the trailer. Without any dialogue, audiences are shown the tone and grittiness of the series, while demonstrating some of the action sequences involving swords, guns, and explosions, all things audiences have come to expect from this franchise.
Being set in the past, the majority of the characters are fresh and original, despite the series lead. Starring as a young Winston Scott is Colin Woodell, along with Mel Gibson set to play a character by the name of Cormac. Notably, Keanu Reeves is set to make an appearance in the series, but it’s unknown how much of a role he’ll play, whether or not John Wick will have a prominent arc in the series, or simply be a cameo.
The rest of the cast includes Ray McKinnon, Mishel Prada, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Ben Robson, Peter Greene, Katie McGrath, Nhung Kate, and many others. Their roles have not been explicitly described, but since the series does revolve around the hotel where assassins seek asylum, it can be assumed many of these actors will be playing assassins checking in and out of the Continental.
How Will It Connect To The Films
The four John Wick films worked as a self-contained franchise, hinting toward a larger world with a deep mythology. Almost every character introduced was shown to have an extensive history, especially one with John Wick. However, setting the story roughly 40 years in the past, the show will most likely distance itself from most of this lore, paving its own path to tell fresh and original stories. Having Winston at the center of the story will allow the show to have a primary character audiences are familiar with, while also potentially allowing the show to stand on its own. The trailer hints that the show will focus purely on revealing and chronicling the rise of the hotel, showing how it positioned itself with the power it holds in the films. Since Keanu Reeves is set to make an appearance, it hints that some portion of the series will take place in the modern day, likely connecting story threads from the series to the effects they have in the present time.
The Continental is set to premiere this September on Peacock. The trailer can be seen below.
The Continental: From The World Of John Wick 2023 Official Peacock Trailer
|Mason Kupiainen is a recent Butler University graduate with a degree in Creative Media and Entertainment. His work has been published in Butler Collegiate, The Mall, and Byte BSU. Along with written work, he has a videography portfolio with Indy Blue Video, Byte BSU, and Ball Bearings.|