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Although still in the process of shooting, John Wick 4 has made fans restless thanks to a huge cast, including many famous martial arts stars in the world. Scheduled to be released on May 27, 2022, the sequel to this franchise will continue the unfinished story of an assassin who is trying to leave his past behind, but is always caught up in deaths. reluctant war. However, this time, facing the High Tables council with many “old foxes” filtering the core, John Wick will certainly no longer have to be alone.
The first master who will appear in the blockbuster John Wick 4 is “Ip Man” Donnie Yen, a Wushu champion known for his beautiful and effective martial arts performances in many major movies in Hong Kong. and Hollywood. Although starting his acting career in the early 80s, it was not until the mid-2000s that the name Donnie Yen was really widely known thanks to hit series such as Sha Po Lang (Sha Po Lang), Flash Point, and especially IP Man (Ip Man).
As mentioned above, Donnie Yen is also very active in the Hollywood market and pocket a respectable number of films. These include Highlander: Endgame, Blade II, Shanghai Knights, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. He is also the first name in the martial arts stars confirmed to appear in John Wick 4 and play an old friend of the assassin played by Keanu Reeves.
Mastering the martial arts Shorinji Kempo and Kyokushin Karate, Hiroyuki Sanada began his career as a student of Sonny Chiba in The Street Fighter series, and also participated in the Game of Chance since he was a child. young. Although operating mainly in his home country of Japan, Sanada has also appeared in Hong Kong action movies many times, and eventually “captured” the Hollywood market in the early 21st century. appeared in many big projects like The Last Samurai, Rush Hour 3, Speed Racer, The Wolverine and 47 Ronin, or TV series like Hideyoshi and Westworld.
Most recently, Sanada left a mark on the big screen when he “swapped moves” with Hawkeye in Avengers: Endgame; transform into the legendary Scorpion in Mortal Kombat; and played businessman Bly Tanaka in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Although his role in John Wick 4 is still a mystery, this is a good opportunity for Sanada to join this assassin world, after he turned down the role of the villain Zero in the third film. 3.
Proficient in many different martial arts, Scott Adkins started his career as a TV actor in the UK, while also taking on a number of supporting villain roles in Hong Kong film projects such as The Accidental. Spy, Black Mask II: City of Masks and The Medallion. The turning point came to Adkins through the role of Yuri Boyka in the blockbuster Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing, opening a successful era for the Undisputed franchise.
Scott Adkins’s name is growing like a kite after he has appeared in many world-famous blockbusters in recent years, including The Expendables 2, Doctor Strange or Wolf Warrior. The actor has collaborated many times with Jesse Johnson, a famous stuntman and action film director, in a number of works such as Savage Dog, Accident Man, Debt Collector series, Avengement. Scott Adkins is also the “last boss” in Ip Man 4 and once had an impressive confrontation with Donnie Yen on the big screen. John Wick 4 may be an opportunity for the two to rematch, although Adkins’ role has not been revealed so far.
Originally from Chile, Marko Zaror began his career in small roles and served as a stunt double for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in The Rundown. That is enough to show that he can “weigh” the heaviest action works. Zaror is proficient in many martial arts, able to perform difficult movements such as somersaults, high kicks and many aerial techniques with the most precision. He also played the villain in Undisputed 3: Redemption, becoming an on-screen rival to Scott Adkins.
Although operating mainly in his hometown, Marko Zaror has also left a mark in the Hollywood and Bollywood markets many times. In addition to the Undisputed franchise, the 43-year-old actor has appeared in Savage Dog, the Netflix – Marvel series The Defenders and Alita: Battle Angel. In John Wick 4, Zaror will play one of the Wicked chasers, promising the most thrilling, eye-catching action scenes.
Currently, John Wick 4 and 5 are being shot in parallel, with the first part expected to be released in mid-2022, and the sequel to release a year later. This franchise is growing on a larger scale, both in terms of the number of characters and the quality of the action scenes. Therefore, it will not come as a surprise when Lionsgate studio continues to add to its cast list the most popular, quality martial arts stars. However, for now, just Donnie Yen, Hiroyaki Sanada, Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror and Keanu Reeves alone is enough to make fans eagerly look forward to the movie’s release date.
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