Ana De Armas is in talks to star in ‘Ballerina’, the ‘John Wick’ spinoff movie. Lionsgate found a surprising amount of success in 2014 with the release of ‘John Wick’, which stars Keanu Reeves as a legendary but retired hitman who reenters the assassin underworld. The popularity of the film helped launch a franchise that continues to become more successful, with ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum’ earning more than $325 million at the box office. The goodwill that the series has built up has enabled Lionsgate to look at expanding the property.
In addition to the Starz prequel series, ‘The Continental’, which will star Colin Woodell as a young Winston and Mel Gibson, Lionsgate has been developing a female-led spinoff movie in the ‘John Wick’ universe. Known only as ‘Ballerina’, the project has been in development since 2017. It was then reported in 2019 that ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ director Len Wiseman would helm the movie. Fans gained a better understanding of what type of female assassin the film stars after a glimpse of the training program Angelica Huston's The Director’ ran in ‘John Wick 3’.
After all this time developing Ballerina, the movie is now eyeing Ana De Armas as its star. As per reports, she is in talks to play the lead role, which is described as a young assassin seeking revenge on the people who killed her family. De Armas is fresh off her appearance in ‘No Time To Die’, and previously worked with Keanu Reeves in the film Knock Knock. It is unclear, though, if Reeves' ‘John Wick’ will appear in the spinoff, but this report notes cameos from him and Huston are possible. -Deadline