John Wick spin-off Ballerina rolls cameras this week

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Ana de Armas leads the cast of a new tale set in the world of John Wick, with production aiming to begin this week. 

The John Wick series seems to be hellbent on creating a rich mythology that storytellers can mine for any number of projects. When you consider that the first film was just about a guy seeking revenge for a wronged puppy, the mainline John Wick films have introduced a much larger world in the two films since, introducing an outlandish but entertaining sandbox where everybody and their mother seems to be an assassin.

There’s more too. John Wick: Chapter 4 is on the way and will arrive in March. On top of that we have the TV series spin-off, The Continental which, it was recently announced, will be airing on Amazon Prime Video here in the UK. Whilst we’re mildly curious about that one, we’re definitely warming to the series’ first movie spin-off, Ballerina. 

Ana de Armas – pictured here in the film Deep Water – is the star of Ballerina, fresh off the back of her brilliant turn as Marilyn Monroe in Blonde. Back in the summer, de Armas also  revealed to the world that Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell was called in to co-write the project’s script alongside Shay Hatten. Fennell’s talents have been rightly lauded since her sensational and searing script for 2020’s Promising Young Woman led to the film earning all sorts of plaudits – including an Oscar – for empowering her female protagonist in new and interesting ways.

Now we have more good news too: the project is set to go before cameras this week. Whilst this may not seem like especially notable, when you consider that the film was first announced all the way back in 2017, it’s great to know that Ballerina has finally navigated its way through a long pre-production process.

Len Wiseman is helming Ballerina and has plenty of action experience, including several Underworld movies and 2007’s Die Hard 4.0. We don’t have a release date in place yet for this one but we’ll let you know more as we hear it.


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