The John Wick Universe is officially expanding over at Peacock.
The streaming platform just struck a deal with Lionsgate to exclusively host the action-packed prequel series The Continental. The series explores the origin story and inner workings of the exclusive Continental Hotel, which serves as a refuge for assassins in the John Wick films.
Told from the perspective of the hotel manager, a young Winston Scott (Colin Woodell, based on Ian McShane’s character in the films), is dragged through 1975 New York to face a past he thought he’d left behind. In an attempt to seize control of the iconic hotel, which serves as a meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals, Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of New York City.
“John Wick has become part of the cultural zeitgeist with a massive, passionately engaged fan base around the world,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chair Kevin Beggs. “We’re delighted to partner with Peacock to continue expanding the John Wick Universe.”
The Continental comes from showrunners and writers Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward. The pair executive produce alongside Albert Hughes, Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese and Marshall Persinger.
The limited series covers three episodes, each a different night at the hotel. Albert Hughes directs the first and third nights, and Charlotte Brandstrom directs the second night.
In addition to Woodell, the series stars Ayomide Adegun, who will portray a young Charon (based on Lance Reddick’s character); Peter Greene, who dons the fedora of Uncle Charlie (based on the tight-lipped body disposal expert); Mel Gibson, as Cormac; Ben Robson as Frankie; Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles; Jessica Allain as Lou; Mishel Prada as KD; and Nhung Kate as Yen.
The Continental doesn’t have an official release date yet, but expect it to stream on Peacock in 2023. You can also catch John Wick: Chapter Four in theaters in March 2023.