Lionsgate has released a sneak peek for John Wick: Chapter 4, offering an early glimpse at some of the action scenes that fans can expect to see in the latest installment of Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad’s hitman franchise.
The new trailer can confirm that Reeves, who returns in the eponymous role, will have at least one great fight with Donnie Yen, a Chinese actor who needs little introduction to those who enjoy martial arts films. Wick can be seen squaring off against Yen’s character, Caine, in a gun and sword match that will presumably end with only one man standing.
Yen’s extensive filmography includes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Iron Monkey, Hero, and multiple IP Man movies, in which he stars as the legendary Chinese martial artist behind Wing Chun and the teacher of Bruce Lee.
The new footage for John Wick: Chapter 4 premiered during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which Reeves “crashed” to surprise fans and drum up hype for the film, as noted in Variety’s coverage.
After appearing at a Comic-Con panel for his Boom! Studios title “BRZRKR, “Reeves crashed Collider’s Directors on Directing panel in Hall H on Friday night, where “John Wick 4” director Chad Stahelski was a panelist, to debut the footage.
The trailer finds Wick doing what he does best: enacting revenge via any weapon he can get his hands on. As CinemaCon footage confirmed back in April, the newest installment to the film is sure to include as much skull bashing and gun-fu as its previous chapters.
Stahelski, who returned to direct John Wick: Chapter 4, told Collider in 2020 that he had “no fuckin’ idea” how to top the stunts in the third film. The new footage for the fourth installment would suggest otherwise, however.
John Wick: Chapter 4 is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 24, 2023.