‘Ballerina’: Anjelica Huston to Return as The Director in the ‘John Wick’ Spinoff!!

Anjelica Huston will return to the world of John Wick in the upcoming spinoff Ballerina. She will reprise her role as the Director, a fearsome crime boss first glimpsed in John Wick 3: Parabellum.

Ballerina, set in the assassin-filled world of John Wick, is set to star Ana de Armas; Keanu Reeves will also reprise his role as John Wick, as will Ian McShane as hotel manager Winston. In John Wick 3, Huston plays the Director, the head of the Russian crime family the Ruska Roma, to whom Wick comes seeking assistance. Her scenes in the film, in which her operations are based in an underground ballet academy, were the genesis of Ballerina, according to producer Erica Lee: “The idea of Ballerina was formed around the scenes with Anjelica in John Wick 3. Anjelica Huston is an icon and is nothing less than Hollywood royalty. The world of Wick is always made richer by her commanding screen presence.”

Anjelica Huston is part of an expansive Hollywood dynasty; her grandfather, Walter Huston, was an Oscar-winning actor, and her father, John Huston, was the legendary director of The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon, and The Man Who Would Be King. Coincidentally, her mother, Enrica Soma, was a prima ballerina. She has received three Oscar nominations, for Enemies: A Love Story, The Grifters, and Prizzi’s Honor; she won an Oscar for the latter, directed by her father. She also received great acclaim for her performances in the Woody Allen films Crimes and Misdemeanors and Manhattan Murder Mystery, and for her iconic portrayal of Morticia Addams in 1991’s The Addams Family and its sequel, Addams Family Values. She has also made a number of TV appearances in the past decade, with regular roles in Medium, Smash, and Transparent. She is a regular member of Wes Anderson‘s ensemble casts, appearing in The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and most recently as the narrator in The French Dispatch.

Len Wiseman, best known for the Underworld series of films, is directing Ballerina, from a script by Shay Hatten; Promising Young Woman‘s Emerald Fennell also assisted on the script. It will be produced by Lee, Basil Iwanyk, and original John Wick director Chad Stahelski. Brady Fujikawa and Chelsea Kujawa will oversee production for Lionsgate.

Ballerina is currently filming in Prague. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates.

 

via Collider

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