Screen icon Anjelica Huston is leaping back into the world of John Wick, the latest actor to join the cast of Ballerina, Lionsgate’s spinoff.
Production is already underway on the feature directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld), written by Shay Hatten (Army of the Dead, Parabellum), and which is being led by Ana de Armas. The story follows a young woman (de Armas) with incredible skills who seeks revenge on the hitmen who killed her family. The ballerina-turned-assassin previously made a brief appearance in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, played at the time by Unity Phelan.
Huston, likely best known for her role as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family films, is reprising her role as The Director, the head of the Ruska Roma crime organization. She most recently appeared in John Wick 3 – Parabellum.
“The idea of Ballerina was formed around the scenes with Anjelica in John Wick 3,” said Erica Lee, who is producing the project along with Basil Iwanyk and Chad Stahelski. “Anjelica Huston is an icon and is nothing less than Hollywood royalty. The world of Wick is always made richer by her commanding screen presence.”
Anjelica Huston isn’t the only franchise vet back on the call sheet. As we reported earlier this month, Ian McShane also returns to his role as Winston, manager of the Continental, the famed hotel and haven for assassins. Another project to keep an eye out for is the upcoming prequel series The Continental, that will follow a young Winston (McShane) and explore how he and his team of confederates found their way to the titular hotel. The series is due to release on Prime Video sometime in 2023. John Wick: Chapter 4 is due to release on March 23rd 2023.