John Wick: Keanu Reeves Reveals When Ana De Armas’ Ballerina Is Set In The Franchise’s Timeline

Keanu Reeves at Sao Palo Expo
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The John Wick franchise has been a massive success to the point that not only are we going to see John Wick: Chapter 4 next year, but John Wick: Chapter 5 has already been announced. But fans are going to get even more action from this franchise as the first spinoff film, Ballerina starring Ana de Armas is currently in production. While there’s a lot we don’t know about the film, we now know where it is set in the larger timeline.

Keanu Reeves himself appeared on stage over the weekend at Brazil’s CCXP22 Comic Con and talked about the upcoming John Wick sequel that is set for release in March 2023, but he also mentioned that Ballerina will be set prior to the events of the new John Wick, despite being released after it. Reeves said… 

So the film Ballerina that Ana de Armas stars in and being directed by Len Wiseman, it’s already started filming, and it takes place between John Wick: Chapter 3 and John Wick: Chapter 4.

The setting of Ballerina within the John Wick franchise is potentially interesting for a couple of reasons. While the audience was only introduced to the school for dancing assassins in John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, the implication is that it has been around for a long time, so technically the new movie could be set anywhere. However, it will follow the events of the third film, which saw the leader of the school, played by Anjelica Huston, help John, and be punished by the High Table for it.

The other reason the Ballerina timing is interesting is that it’s being reported that Keanu Reeves will appear in the film as John Wick. This means that whatever happens to him in the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4 will be stuff that the audience of Ballerina has likely seen, but it will not have actually happened when we see Wick in Ballerina. This certainly isn’t a deal breaker, just because Ballerina takes place in the same world as John Wick, and the character will appear, certainly doesn't mean those events are important, but it will be interesting to see how it’s all handled. 

Ana de Armas showed us all in No Time To Die that she is more than capable of handling herself in action, but the John Wick franchise has set a high bar, and it will be interesting to see just how Ballerina stack up against John Wick himself.  At this point we have no idea when we’ll get to see Ballerina on the big screen but a release in late 2023 isn’t out of the question, so we could see two chapters inside the John Wick universe next year.  

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.