‘John Wick 2’ official title and release date confirmed

Keanu Reeves will return as the deadly hitman next year

The sequel to John Wick now has an official title, release date and setting.

Box office analysts Exhibitor Relations tweeted yesterday: “Keanu Reeves will travel to Rome to kick some Italian ass as JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO drops 2/10/17.”

Common has been cast as the main villain opposite Keanu Reeves in the sequel, which started shooting in October. Ian McShane is also reprising his role from the original film, which starred Reeves as a former hitman who comes out of retirement after an obnoxious rich kid (Alfie Allen) kills the beagle puppy left to him by his late wife.

After being released in the US in October 204 and in the UK the following April, John Wick grossed over $78 million (£51 million) at the global box office – an impressive return from its $20 million (£13 million) budget. Read the NME review here.

The original film was co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, but Stahelski is directing the sequel by himself. Derek Kolstad, who wrote the original’s screenplay, has also written the follow-up.

Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, but Common is said to be playing the head of security for a female crime lord who presumably comes into conflict with Reeves’ character. The rapper/actor has previously appeared in films including Selma, Date Night and Now You See Me, and will be seen alongside Will Smith and Jared Leto in this year’s Suicide Squad movie.