The next time we see John Wick leaving a trail of bodies in his wake on the big screen, he'll reportedly be going up against the head of Japanese crime syndicate, a.k.a. Hiroyuki Sanada's character, who isn't named. Along with playing Shingen Yashida in , Sanada's resume includes , , , and . He will also appear next year in Avengers 4 as a yet-to-be-identified character. Keanu Reevespreviously worked with Sanada on 2013's 47 Ronin, although in that movie their characters were allies, unlike the dynamic they'll supposedly have in .Along with reporting about Hiroyuki Sanada's involvement, That Hashtag Show also provided details on other participants in , both new and returning. Among the familiar faces who are expected to appear are Laurence Fishburne's Bower King and Ruby Rose's Ares, the latter of whom was last seen being stabbed by John Wick in . Director Chad Stahelski is also expected to reprise his helming duties. As for the newcomers, besides Sanada's Japanese crime boss, Lionsgate is searching for an actress in her late 20s to early 40s to play the female lead. Reeves is also apparently interested in bringing Tilda Swinton onto , though that's not necessarily to play that particular role.
After killing Santino D'Antonio on Continental grounds in , John Wick was declared "excommunicado," which stripped him of all his underworld resources and privileges. Making matters even worse, the bounty that was already on John's head had been doubled and was being offered globally. However, his friend Winston, the owner of the Continental Hotel in New York City, delayed announcing John's new status by one hour to give him a head start, as well as gave him a Marker for the future. Now on the run, evidently John will make enemies with Hiroyuki Sanada's character in while trying to stay alive.
will be released in theaters on May 17, 2019