Ballerina: Release date, cast, plot for Ana De Armas' John Wick spin-off
All you need to know about the Wick-verse’s most exciting spin-off
The dust may have only just settled on John Wick 4 but that won’t stop us from looking ahead to the Wick-verse’s most hotly-tipped spin-off, Ballerina, starring Ana De Armas.
Fresh from her scene-stealing appearance in Daniel Craig’s final Bond outing No Time To Die, De Armas is due to return to the action fold as a deadly assassin determined to avenge her murdered family.
In early April, it was revealed that fans can expect Ballerina to arrive on Friday, 7 June 2024. In the meantime, here’s all the key information that you need to know about this sure-to-be-special spin-off.
What will Ballerina be about?
The character of the Ballerina originally appeared in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum where she was played by New York-based professional ballet dancer Unity Phelan.
During Phelan’s brief scene in the movie, Keanu Reeves’ Wick crosses paths with the Ballerina during a meeting with Anjelica Huston’s The Director, leader of the Ruska Roma crime syndicate.
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When Wick spies her, this dancer-turned-killer is nothing more than an assassin-in-training. Cut to 2024’s Ballerina and De Armas inherits the role (now named Rooney) from Phelan in a new action-thriller that’s set between the events of Parabellum and 2023’s John Wick 4.
While specifics about the film's plot are still firmly under wraps, we do know that she will be hunting down the contract killer who murdered her family, with plenty of familiar faces from the John Wick universe joining her in some capacity along the way.
As with every instalment of the franchise so far, we can also expect plenty of edge-of-your-seat fight scenes and lots of inventive death scenes.
Who is starring in Ballerina?
Directed by Underworld filmmaker Len Wiseman, Ballerina will boast a cast that rewards fans of the John Wick franchise, with series centrepiece Reeves due to make an appearance during De Armas’s new mission.
Also joining will be Ian McShane’s Winston Scott, owner of The Continental Hotel, a space that acts as neutral ground for members of the criminal underworld.
The Director will make an appearance courtesy of Huston returning to her Parabellum role, with the late Lance Reddick making one of his final on-screen appearances as Continental concierge Charon.
Joining these series regulars will be The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, Gabriel Byrne and Columbian actor Catalina Sandino Moreno, all in as-yet-undisclosed roles.
Meanwhile, Wiseman will be working from a script penned by Parabellum screenwriter Shay Hatten.
What spin-offs are planned in the John Wick-Verse?
Ballerina isn’t the only John Wick spin-off project in the works.
In recent months, it was revealed that the small-screen series The Continental will introduce us to a younger Winston (McShane) and follow his exploits in the 1970’s that led him to become the owner of his crime haven hotel.
Meanwhile, a fifth instalment of Reeves’ primary Wick storyline was due to be shot back-to-back with part four before those plans were ultimately scrapped.
As it stands, a fifth John Wick film is yet to be greenlit. However, following the glowing response to John Wick 4, we surely won’t have to wait long to see Baba Yaga back at it.
When and where can I watch Ballerina?
Fans won’t have to wait long to find out what De Armas has in store, with Ballerina due to hit cinema screens everywhere on Friday, 7 June 2024.
Ballerina is released on 7 June 2024.