Donnie Yen is joining the cast of John Wick: Chapter 4, the upcoming fourth movie in the John Wick film series starring Keanu Reeves. Chad Stahelski will once again serve as the director for the fourth John Wick film as with the first three movies. Little information has been revealed on the upcoming fourth John Wick film. However, it has been confirmed that Reeves will be reprising his role as that title character. Ian McShane has also been confirmed to return as Winston, the shady owner of the Continental Hotel and John’s longtime friend turned enemy. Other actors from the previous movies like Lance Reddick as Charon, Winston’s skilled right-hand man and the concierge of the Continental Hotel and Laurence Fishburne as the “Bowery King,” the fearless crime lord and acquaintance of John are expected to return in some capacity during the next film.

Yen will portray an old friend of John’s in the fourth film who shares a majority of the same enemies as him. Yen is best known to American audiences for starring as the title character in the IP Man film series directed by Wilson Yip, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story directed by Gareth Edwards and XXX: Return of Xander Cage directed by D.J. Caruso. Stahelski has expressed his excitement for the prospect of Yen joining the cast of John Wick: Chapter 4. “We are very lucky to have Donnie Yen join the franchise,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with him in this exciting new role.”

The producer for John Wick: Chapter 4, Basil Iwanyk, has chimed in on the casting. “Donnie Yen will bring a vibrant and powerful energy to the franchise,” he said. “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.”

John Wick: Chapter 4 was originally supposed to be released in 2021, but its release date has since been pushed back to 2022.

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