‘The Continental’ is a prequel spin-off of the John Wick film franchise produced for Starz by Lionsgate Television. The series will explore the titular hotel and how it houses some of the world’s deadliest assassins. If you are looking for Keanu Reeves to shadow the halls, that may happen in cameo form, but is doubtful since the show is set in the 1970s and will involve real-world events such as the rise of the Mafia.
Instead, ‘The Patriot’ actor Mel Gibson was revealed to be one of the stars of the three-part television event back in October 2021 as Deadline reported at the time, playing the hitman Cormac. But he will not be the only celebrity on board.
Colin Woodell is set to play hotel manager Winston Scott, who is played by Ian McShane in the film trilogy, Slash Film reports. Jeremy Greene will take over the role of Uncle Charlie, originally played by David Patrick Kelley. Ayomide Adegun will portray a young Charon, taking over from Lance Reddick.
They are joined by Adam Shapiro, Jeremy Bobb, Mark Musahi, Marina Mazepa, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, and Katie McGrath as the Adjuctator.
The plot synopsis is described as follows,
“A prequel spinoff, Continental is set 40 years before the events of the Wick series and focuses on a young man named Winston. He will one day grow up to be the character played by Ian McShane in the Wick movies but in the prequel’s story is a young man starting as a hitman hotelier who, along with others, create a haven for unsavory types, all set against a backdrop of 1970s New York.”
Chris Collins will serve as executive writer and showrunner for the television event. The show will be produced by David Leitch, Keanu Reeves, and Chad Stahelski who will also direct the pilot.
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