Are you ready for the John Wick extended universe? While we wait for the fourth installment of Keanu’s “you killed my dog so now I’m gonna kill you!” franchise, the people behind Wick are expanding the world. Not only have casting details emerged for The Continental, the spin-off TV series that’s coming to Starz, they’re also moving forward with Ballerina, a female action hero that springs from the Wickverse. Fresh off of her scene-stealing appearance in No Time To Die, Ana de Armas is apparently in talks to take the lead role.
Ballerina is set to be another revenge-driven action movie, this time featuring a – you should’ve figured this out already, but – killer ballerina. The character was possibly glimpsed briefly in John Wick 3: Parabellum. Fans will remember a school of ballerinas undergoing assassin training from Anjelica Huston, who may make an appearance in the film as well. Story concepts point to the Ballerina’s parents having been killed leading her to seek vengeance. She’s like a dancing Batman lady! Who kills people, a lot, probably.
De Armas burst onto the scene with breakout roles in Blade Runner 2049 and Knives Out, and as a standout in No Time To Die, she couldn’t be more in demand. She will also soon be seen as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, Andrew Dominick’s (Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) controversial biopic for Netflix. Then she’ll star alongside Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling in the spy thriller The Gray Man. The more de Armas, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned.
Ballerina will be directed by Len Wiseman, who previously helmed women-led action movies like Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld franchise. No word yet on whether Keanu will make an appearance, but something tells me if Ballerina is a hit, he and de Armas might find themselves collaborating on some revenge in the future. Maybe even in John Wick 5?