Success with the John Wick franchise, whose fourth film will be released in March, Lionsgate is also producing a spin-off film entitled Ballerina. Interestingly, even though it focuses on a new character named Rooney, this film directed by Len Wiseman is sure to still involve John Wick. Recently even the actress Ana De Armas, who plays Rooney in the film Ballerina, has leaked an epic fight scene between her character and John Wick.
Taking place between the events of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and the upcoming films John Wick: Chapter 4, the film Ballerina will tell the story of Rooney’s adventures as a ballet dancer and assassin who hunts for his family’s killers. Apart from Ana De Armas, in November last year it was confirmed that actor Keanu Reeves would also enliven the film as the Baba Yaga alias Jardani Jovonovich or John Wick. Alongside a number of other John Wick veterans, including Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, and Anjelica Huston.
In his most recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Armas described an epic fight scene between himself and John Wick, played by Reeves, on the set of Ballerina. Even though he uses a fight choreographer, the star of James Bond: No Tine To Die (2021) admits that he still experiences cuts and bruises from fighting directly with Reeves, who is very experienced.
“We have been shooting in Prague for more than four months. You still have four more months [to complete]. And you could say I was in pain. You know, my body, my back, and everything hurts so bad. Of course I complained [at that time], I was also injured and bruised,” said Armas when describing his experience shooting the film Ballerina.
She also added that when compared to her role in the film No Time To Die, Ballerina is far more intense than that. “In the Bond films I only act for 15 minutes. Whereas here it’s for the entire film, which of course is different. But one day, Keanu and I had a chance to rehearse our very difficult scene. He just rolls, throws me, and also does crazy acrobatics. It was at that point that I realized I couldn’t complain anymore. Because Keanu really does! He is the best, “added Armas.
Although so far it has not been revealed in detail what John Wick’s role will be in the Ballerina film. What is clear, based on Armas’ explanation, in the film John Wick will perform quite crazy actions, either as an opponent or a friend of Rooney’s character. Because currently the film is still being produced and also doesn’t have a release date yet, we’ll just have to wait for further developments. As for the film John Wick: Chapter 4, we will be able to see it soon on March 24.