UPDATE: It seems that there was some truth to the Wesley Snipes rumors. Sadly, it also looks like negotiations didn’t end well, as Borys Kit took to Twitter to reveal that while there were discussions between the actor and Lionsgate, it didn#t work out in the end.
The John Wick franchise is adding an action legend to its already impressive cast. According to a new report from The Illuminerdi, Wesley Snipes is currently in negotiations to join the tentatively titled John Wick 4. The actor, who is best known for his starring role as Eric Brooks in the original Blade trilogy, supposedly will play a supporting role in the upcoming sequel as an experienced swordsman. He would join an ensemble that is rumored to include the fellow legend, and Rogue One standout, Donnie Yen. He’ll play an old friend of Keanu Reeves’ titular character. Bill Skarsgard, of It fame, Laurence Fishburne, and pop star Rina Sawayama are also set to play roles in the film.
An appearance in John Wick 4 would mark Snipes’ return to big-budget action flicks, with the actor’s legal troubles keeping him away from the spotlight for quite some time. He has not participated in a project of this magnitude since 2014’s The Expendables 3. Nevertheless, the past couple of years, and a friendship with Eddie Murphy, have helped the once mega-star make a comeback, as he had supporting roles in both Dolemite Is My Name and Coming 2 America.
If this rumor turns out to be true, Snipes will find himself working with one of modern cinema’s best action directors in Chad Stahelski, who returns to the Wick franchise for the fourth time. Long-time series writer Derek Kolstad will not come back for the latest entry, and will instead be replaced by the capable duo of Michael Finch and Shay Hatten.
Source: The Illuminerdi