Ballerina is an upcoming Hollywood action film, serving as the spin-off of popular Neo-noir action thriller John Wick film franchise. The film is directed by Len Wiseman, best known for his work on the Underworld series, from the screenplay by Shay Hatten.
In October 2018, Lionsgate Films acquired the rights of the film with production house Thunder Road Films backing the project. The shooting of the film has started in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.
Ballerina Star Cast
The female-centric spin-off stars actress Ana De Armas in the titular role. Her character Ballerina was previously portrayed by American belly dancer Unity Phelan in John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum (2019).
Ana was most recently seen in the biographical film Blonde, which is a fictionalised take on the life and career of actress Marilyn Monroe. The film got a mixed response, with all praises going to Ana’s performance as the late Hollywood legend.
Additionally, Ana is also gearing up for her upcoming release, Ghosted, which is a romantic action-adventure film, alongside Chris Evans.
Along with her, superstar Keanu Reeves, who received international acclaim after portraying the titular role (Jone Wick/Jardani Jovonovich) in the John Wick franchise, is most likely to make a powerful appearance in Ballerina.
Keanu Reeves is expected to make an appearance as John Wick in #Ballerina, a female-centric spinoff in the popular action franchise. https://t.co/P2UcLQB0yC pic.twitter.com/ez8z2qe6JV
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Reeves is currently gearing up for John Wick: Chapter 4, the fourth instalment of the franchise. His most recent film is the sci-fi action film The Matrix Resurrections.Apart from Reeves, the spin-off film will also bring back Ian MacShane to the franchise as Winston Scott, the enigmatic owner of the Continent Hotel.
About the Film
The film is backed by Basil Iwanyk, Eric Lee, and Chad Shahelski, and it is being produced under the banner of Lionsgate in association with Summit Entertainment, Thunder Road Films, and 87Eleven Entertainment. The film will focus on Ballerina, the young female assassin with killer skills, on her mission to hunt the assassins who murdered her family.