Donnie Yen, best known for the IP Man franchise, has joined the cast of John Wick: Chapter 4.
According to reports, “Yen will play an old friend of Reeves’ super assassin John Wick, who shares his same history and many of the same enemies.”
On the casting, Director Chad 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.”
The film’s 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 is one of the most successful actor-filmmakers from the East, mostly due to his unique style of contemporary screen combat. He’s been slowly moving into more blockbuster-style films having previously been a part of the casts for xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
John Wick: Chapter 4, the latest sequel in the popular action revenge franchise, begins production this summer. It will shoot on location in France, Germany and Japan. In addition to Yen and returning star Keanu Reeves, the film also has Japanese-British pop superstar Rina Sawayama on board for a lead role.
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