How Keanu Reeves’s Role in ‘The Matrix’ Led to ‘John Wick’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Keanu Reeves on the red carpet

Keanu Reeves is a stellar actor with roles in lots of hit films like Point Break, Speed, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But he’s arguably most recognized for The Matrix.

His efficiency within the 1999 science motion movie has been thought-about among the best in his profession, incomes Reeves glowing reward from critics and several other award nods. It finally spawned two sequels and in addition helped the actor land different motion films equivalent to John Wick.

Keanu Reeves on the red carpet
Keanu Reeves on the pink carpet at an occasion in May 2019 in London, England | Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for Lionsgate

How ‘The Matrix’ led to ‘John Wick’

While trying to find the lead star, casting administrators have been initially hoping for somebody older provided that John Wick is older and retired. “Instead, we decided to look for someone who is not literally older, but who has a seasoned history in the film world,” stated producer Basil Iwanyk, noting he was particularly drawn to Reeves because of his expertise as an motion actor and the truth that he’d “always” needed to work with him (by way of Inquirer.Net)

After agreeing to the function, Reeves began serving to out with the script. Around that point, he reached out to former Matrix stuntman Chad Stahelski and David Leitch to see in the event that they needed to assist out with stunts, however in actuality, he actually needed them to direct John Wick.

“When I bought John Wick, I despatched it to them initially for the motion a part of the movie however secretly hoping that they’d wish to direct it, after which they did,” Reeves informed The Hollywood Reporter. “They had a great vision for the film, which I think they’ve realized very well.”

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‘John Wick’ turned out to be an enormous success

John Wick debuted in 2014 to rave opinions and was a giant hit on the field workplace, incomes over $80 million on the field workplace. Stahelski and Leitch credited its success partly to their historical past with Reeves, saying they developed a chemistry that translated nicely when it was time to shoot scenes.

“Chad spent numerous time coaching Keanu on the Matrix films, so that you construct this rapport and also you learn to communicate to actors about their character,” Leitch defined.

“This translates really well, just years later, having known him so long and having a really good relationship with him, on many different levels. We just have a very good dialogue with him, which also translates into the action we wanted. … We know how he moves. We know his process. He’s just one of those actors who’s phenomenal in an action sequence, so I think that really helped.”

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More ‘John Wick’ and ‘Matrix’ films are coming quickly

Yep — John Wick 4 is on the best way! It ought to decide up the place John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum left off, with Wick going completely rogue and greater than seemingly searching for revenge towards the High Table for the occasions that occurred within the final movie.

There’s additionally a Matrix 4 in growth, however plot particulars are nonetheless a thriller. However, Reeves just lately shut down hypothesis that it will likely be a prequel and stated it as an alternative be a love story of some kind.

Both movies are anticipated to premiere a while in 2020, having been delayed as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for extra updates as they change into accessible.

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