The “John Wick” universe just keeps growing. What started as a simple story about a guy trying to avenge his dog’s death has evolved into a sprawling mythology about a secret society of assassins who operate under the rule of an all-powerful oligarchy known as the High Table. And the bigger the franchise gets, the more room there is for A-list actors to join the fray.
With Halle Berry and Ana de Armas joining the ranks of “John Wick” in recent years, the sky seems to be the limit for potential future casting. And in a new interview Vulture“John Wick: Chapter 4” standout Shamier Anderson dropped some ideas for new villains.
“Liam Neeson would make a great antagonist,” Anderson said. “I think Denzel Washington would be a crazy antagonist. It would be very interesting to see a female villain; Meryl Streep would be something else. So those are my top three choices: Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson, and Meryl Streep.
And if any of the esteemed masters joins the franchise, Anderson hopes his financially motivated assassin, known only as Tracker, will have a chance to take on them. In a recent interview with IndieWire’s Samantha Bergeson, Anderson made it clear that he wants to continue to flesh out Tracker’s backstory in future John Wick projects.
“I felt like (Tracker) was the most appropriate person for the audience,” Anderson said. “He didn’t wear the crazy clothes and do the crazy things. He didn’t really believe in the themes of The Continental. So I wanted to root for, “How do I make this guy likable, even though he has an evil puppy? How do I make this guy likable, even if he wants to go after John Wick’s head? I said, “What’s your motivation?” And I don’t talk about it too much. Hopefully, a spinoff of this story can be earned, whether it’s a Tracker spinoff, a Tracker series, or something. But I thought of his mother. Why would anyone want an inordinate amount of money? Why would anyone want $50 million for someone outside of this fantastical world? I felt it was about his mother. Why his mother? I think that’s the secret I’m definitely going to stick with until we get to the next phase and hopefully get back into Tracker. To me, it was about this human being.”