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Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen will star alongside Keanu Reeves in John Wick 4

He will play an old friend of Reeves' deadly assassin, who shares many of the same enemies.

Looks like Hong Kong action superstar Donnie Yen is moving from Ip Man to hit man with his brand new Hollywood role.

According to entertainment website Deadline, Donnie Yen is set to star alongside titular leading man Keanu Reeves in the fourth instalment of action franchise John Wick.

“We are very lucky to have Donnie Yen join the franchise,” director Chad Stahelski said in a statement to the press. “I am looking forward to working with him in this exciting new role.”

According to the Deadline report, Yen will play one of super assassin John Wick’s (played by Reeves) oldest friends – a fellow assassin who shares his same history and many of the same enemies.

The film will see the Reeves’ Wick continue his endless quest for revenge, teaming up with the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) to get revenge on the High Table, the organization that sets the rules that all assassins must agree to.

Production is set to begin this summer, shooting on location in France, Germany and Japan. And the film is projected to be released in middle of 2022.

“Donnie Yen will bring a vibrant and powerful energy to the franchise,” John Wick 4 producer Basil Iwanyk said in another statement to the press. “We were determined to bring him on board to John Wick 4 and are thrilled for the opportunity to have such a major talent to collaborate with Keanu.”

One of the biggest stars in Asia, Yen is internationally well known for his role in the Hong Kong Ip Man franchise, as well Hollywood blockbusters like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the 2020 live-action remake of Mulan.

Source: CNA/gl