Based on the box office success and the cliffhanger ending, John Wick 3 seems to be a foregone conclusion. We were already excited for it, but it turns out there's one actor who's even more excited because he wants to be in it. Apparently, Samuel L. Jackson is a huge fan of the John Wick franchise, so much so that he reportedly would rather get a role in the next movie than star in his own Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Film journalist Simon Thompson recently interviewed Jackson and based on Thompson's comments, there may be literally nothing the actor wants to do more than a John Wick movie, including a Nick Fury movie.
He actually was less interested in that than he was in an idea he's floated with me twice now. He wants to do---over a Nick Fury movie--John Wick 3 with Laurence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves. He absolutely loves the John Wick movies. He wants in with a capital 'IN.'
Simon Thompson made these comments as part of the Meet the Movie Press show on Popcorn Talk. Basically, it seems that if the writers of John Wick 3 want to put Samuel L. Jackson in the movie, he would do it, there's essentially no question about it. And let's face it, that would be amazing. Putting Samuel L. Jackson up again Keanu Reeves in a John Wick fight scene could be something glorious.
And the good news is, if the John Wick people are interested, getting Samuel L. Jackson into the third film probably won't be all that hard. at the end of John Wick 2, we saw Keanu Reeves' character being put on the radar of literally every professional assassin in the world. There's a price on the man's head and a lot of people are going to want it. All you need to do is make one of those assassins Sam Jackson.
Campaigning for roles is something that doesn't always work, most of the people who want to be Green Lantern are going to be disappointed, but often when an A-list actor really wants to do something, they usually end up doing it, Helen Mirren is in The Fate of the Furious after all. This especially works if the actor is willing to take a pay cut to do it. That would probably be the biggest hurdle to getting Samuel L. Jackson involved in John Wick. Part of the film series' success comes from the fact that they are comparatively inexpensive to produce. Samuel L. Jackson can command some fairly big paydays, but if he's willing to negotiate in order to get the role he wants, there's no reason this couldn't happen.
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