While talking about Yen’s casting, Stahelski said, “We are very lucky to have Donnie Yen join the franchise. I am looking forward to working with him in this exciting new role.” Producer Basil Iwanyk added, “Donnie Yen will bring a vibrant and powerful energy to the franchise. We were determined to bring him on board to John Wick 4 and are thrilled for the opportunity to have such a major talent to collaborate with Keanu.” Yen will play an old friend of Keanu Reeves’ John Wick, who shares the history as Wick and even the same enemies.
Along with Yen and Reeves, John Wick: Chapter 4 features Rina Sawayama. The script is written by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch. Erica Lee will serve as producer alongside Stahelski and Iwanyk. Reeves and Louise Rosner will be the executive producers. Sadly, franchise creator Derek Kolstad won’t be returning for John Wick 4 and 5. Kolstad explained that it wasn’t his decision to walk away from the John Wick sequels. He said, “It wasn’t my decision. When you think contractually of these things, the third one I shared the credit with any number of people, they didn’t have to come back to me, and so they didn’t.”
John Wick: Chapter 4 will start production in Japan, France, and Germany later this year. The movie is scheduled to release on May 27, 2022.