Good news for John Wick fans! The spinoff movie, Ballerina, has finally started production this week in Prague.
During Lionsgate’s investor call last week, CEO Jon Feltheimer shared that the film starring Ana de Armas (Knives Out, No Time to Die) would start production this week.
We don’t have many details about the plot of Ballerina yet, other than it takes place in the John Wick universe and that de Armas’ character seeks revenge after someone kills her family.
Len Wiseman (Underwood) is directing, and John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum and Army of the Dead screenwriter Shay Hatten has penned the script, although de Armas said in an interview earlier this year with Elle magazine that she worked to get Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell to add touches to the story.
Among other locations, Ballerina is set to shoot in Prague’s city center by the Hotel Opera at Těšnov and at the Masarykovo nádraží train station in the coming week.
In addition to Prague, Ballerina will also shoot in other cities around the Czech capital. More filming locations will be known in the coming weeks; the action movie will shoot in the Czech Republic across the next three months, through February 5.
Keanu Reeves’ involvement in the movie has not been previously confirmed, but the actor has been spotted around Prague and photographed with local fans.
“It was really important for me to hire a female writer, because to that point when I got involved in the project, it was only the director, Len Wiseman, and another guy,” de Armas told Elle. “And I was like, ‘That’s not going to work.’ So I interviewed, like, five or six female writers. We hired Emerald Fennell, which I was so proud of.”
That wasn’t the only John Wick-related update during the investors’ call. Feltheimer also shared that Peacock’s The Continental series — a John Wick prequel — will stream on Prime Video internationally.
We still haven’t gotten a specific release date for The Continental, though its likely to come out sometime in 2023.