John Wick: Chapter 2 is on the horizon and Empire magazine have recently revelled our latest look at the sharp suit wearing action hero, plus a chat with Wick himself, Keanu Reeves, and his director, Chad Stahelski.
The first shot shows Wick in his typical black suit and tie, and sporting the inevitable cuts and bruises accumulated after a hard day at the killing bad guys grindstone.
The second shows new villains, Riccardo Scamarcio (Loose Cannons) and Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), in what is likely to be the film's signature set piece – a showdown in a blinding hall of mirrors art installation. "The mirror room was Chad's idea," says Reeves. "It's his homage to Bruce Lee at the end of Enter The Dragon (1973). The whole installation is a maze of mirrors where guys can pop out and disappear. It's very cool and a lot of fun to fight in."
Asian cinema remains a major influence second time around. "You go watch any of the great Hong Kong guys," says director Chad Stahelski, "[you're watching] wider shots; you're watching an extremely talented individual. If you're using fast editing to hide things, I call bullshit. That's cheating. Luckily, we have a cast member that can do it. Keanu's been doing martial arts for 25 years. He's been trained by us, he's been trained by Yuen Wo Ping. He's been trained by Chen Yen."
Reeves succinctly sums up the sequel. "It's like going back to your favourite restaurant but this time, instead of getting to the fillet, you're getting the porterhouse." You will be able to tuck into this juicy steak when John Wick: Chapter 2 arrives in cinemas 17 February.