Ana de Armas is in talks to star in “Ballerina,” the “John Wick” spinoff movie that’s set at Lionsgate, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
“Ballerina” follows a female assassin and will be developed as an extension to the John Wick universe. Shay Hatten, who wrote “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” also wrote the spec script that was acquired by Lionsgate in 2017, and Len Wiseman (“Total Recall”) is directing the feature.
Fans of the “John Wick” franchise know that the Ballerina character made a brief appearance in the third film of the franchise, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” from 2019. “Ballerina” will come in addition to the planned fourth entry in the franchise that will bring Keanu Reeves back as the title killer. There’s also a planned spinoff series set within the John Wick universe, “The Continental,” which is similarly gearing up its cast and will star Mel Gibson and Colin Woodell about the hotels featured in the film that host the underground network of assassins.
De Armas just recently made a standout appearance in the most recent Bond film “No Time to Die,” and she’s the breakout star of “Knives Out” and has appeared in “Blade Runner 2049.”
Basil Iwanyk, Erica Lee and Chad Stahelski are producing “Ballerina,” and Brady Fujikawa and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the project for Lionsgate.
Ana de Armas will next be seen in “Deep Water” with Ben Affleck, the Russo Brothers’ “The Gray Man” with Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling and Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” that is a fictionalized film about Marilyn Monroe. She is represented by CAA, and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks.
Deadline first reported the news.