The Continental: From the World of John Wick is an upcoming television miniseries that is a prequel to the John Wick film series. The show was developed by Greg Coolidge, Kirk Ward, and Shawn Simmons, and directed by Albert Hughes and Charlotte Brandstrom.
The John Wick film series, starring Keanu Reeves in the titular role, follows John Wick, a hitman who comes out of retirement to seek revenge against the men who killed his puppy, a gift from his dead wife. Each film in the John Wick has been a massive commercial and critical success. It is most famously known for its beautifully choreographed action sequences and its cyberpunk aesthetic.
American stuntman and director of the John Wick films, Chad Stahelski and the creator of John Wick, Derek Kolstad first conceived the idea for the prequel in 2017 and believed that the story would best fit the format of a television series.
In the movies, The Continental Hotel is a hotspot for assassins and criminals who are ‘off duty.’ It is run by an enigmatic man called Winston, who offers several services to its patron. The show is expected to be told from the perspective of a young Winston in the 1970s and his attempts to seize control of the hotel from Cormac (played by Mel Gibson), which serves as a neutral territory for the world’s most dangerous criminals.
The show will star Colin Woodell as Winston, Mel Gibson, Jessica Allain, Ben Robson, and Peter Greene. Produced by Lionsgate, The Continental will comprise 3 episodes, 90 minutes each, with the first episode releasing on 22nd September 2023.
Is Keanu Reeves in The Continental? (Cast of The Continental)
Keanu Reeves is a beloved Hollywood actor and meme who plays the titular role of John Wick, in the John Wick series. The iconic powerhouse is responsible for the success of the series and with the new John Wick prequel nearing its release date, fans of the series are left to wonder whether Reeves will play a part in the show.
The Continental is set in the 1970s and predates the events of the first John Wick film by decades. Therefore, it is safe to assume that John Wick was still a child during the events of The Continental.
The Continental will focus on the exploits of Winston, the generous yet enigmatic manager and owner of The Continental Hotel, in the 1970s. Played by Ian McShane in the movies, young Winston will be portrayed by Colin Woodell, best known for The Originals, The Purge, and The Flight Attendant.
Other than Woodell, the show stars Mel Gibson as Cormac, the manager of The Continental Hotel during the 1970s; Jessica Allain as Lou, Ayomide Adegun as a young Charon (played by Lance Reddick in the films), Mishel Prada as KD, and Nhung Kate as Yen.
The Continental Release Date
The Continental will be available for streaming around the world on September 22, 2023. The show will launch on Peacock in the United States of America. It will be available for streaming worldwide on Amazon Prime Video, except for Israel and the Middle East.
The Continental Schedule
Makers of The Continental have announced that the show will have 3 episodes, 90 minutes each.
- Episode 1 “Night One” 22 September 2023
- Episode 2 “Night Two” 29 September 2023
- Episode 3 “Night Three” 06 October 2023
The Continental Streaming Guide
The Continental is produced by Lionsgate Television. Previously, the show was slated to be released on Starz but has since moved to Peacock, the NBCU. This shift happened after Peacock acquired the rights to the John Wick movies.
Peacock is a streaming service that offers a wide range of content, from television series, sports programming, films, and news. The service offers Americans free ad-supported content, although only selected programming. Its larger content library can be accessed with a subscription.
International fans of John Wick can stream The Continental on Prime Video. The show is available worldwide on Prime Video except for Israel and the Middle East.
Amazon Prime Video is a subscription-based streaming platform that offers 4k streaming starting from $7.49. Prime Video offers its subscribers access to original and licensed television shows. It also gives its users to buy access to the content available on other streaming platforms like Lionsgate+, Mubi, BBC Player, Hayu, etc.