Keanu Reeves will return as John Wick in the upcoming spin-off Ballerina, and his role could be like Sofia’s in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.
John Wick’s role in the upcoming Ballerina could flip a plot line from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The John Wick franchise is headed in multiple new directions, with John’s own story to continue in John Wick: Chapter 4. Additionally, two John Wick spin-offs are also on the way, namely the Peacock series The Continental and the spin-off movie Ballerina, led by Ana de Armas with Keanu Reeve also set to appear.
With the legendary Baba Yaga appearing in Ballerina, one possibility for his role could involve him lending Armas’ assassin protagonist Rooney support in a major battle against the villains of the movie. This would also put John in the same role that Sofia (Halle Berry) played in John Wick 3 helping John during the movie’s desert gun battle. Seeing John in such a capacity could prove to be a great new spin on his story in the John Wick franchise.
John Could Be Lending A Friend A Hand (Like Sofia Did)
The plot of Ballerina is said to involve Rooney seeking vengeance upon the killers of her family. In the world established by the John Wick franchise, revenge is a risky endeavor even for an assassin with John Wick’s martial arts skills and versatility with weaponry. Rooney’s mission might call upon her to cash in a favor from another assassin to provide support against the enemies she finds herself facing, which could be how John Wick enters the picture. John finds himself in quite a similar situation in John Wick 3 when he pays a visit to Sofia.
In John Wick 3, Sofia holds a bitter grudge against John for an unrevealed falling out between them. However, John presenting his marker to Sofia forces her to honor their agreement. Despite the bitterness between them, Sofia is an invaluable ally to John in one of the movie’s biggest action scenes and helps get him to the High Table’s Elder (Saïd Taghmaoui). With assassins seemingly prone to lending each other help at crucial moments, such a situation could easily set up John Wick’s role in Ballerina.
Why John’s Appearance Will Be Great For Ballerina
While the John Wick franchise has long been centered on his story, it has also done tremendous world-building along with introducing characters, like Sofia, who could lead their own stories. With Rooney having appeared in John Wick 3 (played by Unity Phelan), Ballerina is one of the biggest building blocks of the John Wick franchise, but having John himself around for added support can only drive audience interest higher. If John is helping Rooney in a key way on her mission in Ballerina, the movie could also show a different side of John in an ally’s role.
John Wick has never been shown dropping in as a battle partner to another assassin, and he is as qualified as anyone for the job. Keanu Reeves’ role in Ballerina as a team-up of sorts between him and Rooney could end up delivering some unique action scenes with the unmistakable John Wick flair. With Sofia having done just that in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, John’s possible alliance with Rooney in Ballerina could be one of the spin-off’s secret weapons.