While so far “The Continental”, prequel series of the “John Wick” saga, had been very discreet in terms of information on its casting, a big name has been announced. And this is the legendary Mel Gibson.
The Continental : welcome to the hotel
While it was thought that a prequel to the saga John wick would focus mainly on the youth of the dog lover, the series The Continental chose to approach another angle: that of the famous hotel which bears the title of the show.
As a reminder, Le Continental holds a major place in the franchise. Based in New York, it is run by the ruthless businessman and crime lord Winston Scott (played by Ian McShane in all three films). While this luxurious hotel looks good in every way, it is unofficially known to be the haunt of all the hired killers who would like to spend a stay there.
The Continental has its own rules, however, and anyone who breaks them risks execution by Winston and his henchmen. The first and most important: prohibition of carrying out clashes or assassinations on the premises of the hotel. Regarding the second rule, each assassin on the scene must pay to be present. It goes from a reservation of stay to a simple drink ordered at the bar. In all cases, the person will have their protection provided by the hotel. Finally, it should be noted that the Continental is part of an international chain, as we have seen in the saga with in particular Julius (Franco Nero) who manages the Hotel de Rome and Sofia (Halle Berry) who takes care of from that of Casablanca.
The prequel series will therefore relate the still unexplored gray areas of this hotel. The Continental will take place in 1975, and we will follow a younger Winston Scott.
Mel Gibson engaged
If the actor playing the young Winston Scott has not yet been officially announced, the series is already hitting hard by recruiting Mel Gibson. Indeed, although it has appeared in recent times in modest productions of varying quality (Blood Father, Dragged on the Asphalt, Force of Nature, Fatman, Boss Level…), There is always a great name that can bring visibility to the project in which it is located.
His presence in The Continental can therefore only do good in the series, especially since the latter may also allow the American to come back to the fore in a major production. Regarding his role, it is still unknown. All we know is his name: Cormac. Will he be a mentor or an enemy of Winston Scott? No one knows at this point. However, one cannot be too wrong in assuming that he should play as an assassin.
Note that the actor had not returned to the small screen since 2004 with appearances in the series The Savages. His appearances on television can be counted on the fingertips, between appearances in Australian series and dubbing himself in an episode of The Simpsons in 1999.
Soon to be broadcast on the Starz channel for 3 90-minute episodes, The Continental does not have a release date scheduled at this point. We will therefore have to be patient. Regarding the continuation of the saga, John Wick: Chapter 4 will be released on May 25, 2022 in theaters.