John Wick will not be in theaters in 2021, due to a health crisis. However, the cast of its fourth installment continues to expand with a heavy recruitment: Donnie Yen. With the legend of martial arts films, this “John Wick 4” promises real battles.
Donnie Yen: The Last Dragon
Hong Kong martial arts cinema has often known stars who marked their time. There was Bruce Lee in the 70s, Jackie Chan in the 80s, Jet Li in the 90s and 2000s, and finally Donnie Yen in the 2010s. However, unlike the other three actors, the latter met with real success late in life, when he was over 40 years old.
Donnie Yen is however an elder in the game. Indeed, the actor began his career in the early 80s. Above all, although his name was not yet buzzing at that time, he had already faced Jackie Chan (in Shanghai Kid 2) and Jet Li (in Once upon a time in china 2 and Hero). However, it was not until 2008 that its notoriety will really explode with Ip Man. Freely inspired by the life of Bruce Lee’s master, the film will demonstrate the actor’s athletic talent.
Become a star thanks to the franchise Ip Man, Donnie Yen has also appeared regularly in American films. such as Blade 2, Rogue One : A Star Wars Story, xXx: Reactivated and Mulan. His coming in John Wick 4 is therefore very good news for the film.
What role in John Wick 4 ?
According to the magazine Deadline, Donnie Yen will camp an old friend of the assassin. Indeed, the two men would share many common stories, as well as the same enemies. We should therefore see the two characters fighting side by side. And as much to say it: we saliva in advance!
Remember that Keanu Reeves and Donnie Yen have the particularity of managing their own stunts. When you know the power of the staging and the choreography of Chad Stahelski and his team, you think that Donnie Yen’s talent will be exploited to its fullest. And for those who might be concerned that the actor is underexploited in a Hollywood blockbuster (as often happens with actors in Asian action films), let’s remember that so far the franchise has done very well in this domain. Thus, under the wise advice of Keanu Reeves (who has great respect for Asian productions), the saga John Wick has often given carte blanche to actors who have made their fame in films from the Eastern continent. We especially remember the epic fights between John Wick and his opponents played by Mark Dacascos and Yayan Ruhian.
It will nevertheless be necessary to be patient since John Wick 4 will not be released in our theaters until May 2022. Filming should begin this summer in Paris.