The upcoming 4th installment of the John Wick franchise is adding martial arts extraordinaire Donnie Yen to its cast.
Yen will play an old friend of Reeves’ super assassin John Wick, who shares his same history and many of the same enemies.
One of the most successful actor-filmmakers from the East, Yen is known for his unique style of contemporary screen combat. His popularity extends worldwide from roles in such features as xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the IP Man franchise.
Yen is also known as Yen Ji-dan (甄子丹) and is a Chinese actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.Yen is credited by many or contributing to the popularisation of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun.
Scripted by Shay Hatten and Michael Finch, John Wick 4 is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and Stahelski, with Reeves and Louise Rosner executive producers. The project begins production this summer shooting on location in France, Germany and Japan. Yen’s casting follows Lionsgate setting Japanese-British pop superstar Rina Sawayama for a lead role.