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There are a few things that every John Wick movie needs, one is great action sequences, another is great dogs. Canines have always been an important part of the John Wick franchise ever since one of them became the inadvertent catalyst for John Wick to come out of retirement. Now, a new image of the John Wick: 3: Parabellum shows Keanu Reeves' character alongside new co-star Halle Berry and a pair of new pooches. Check it out.
The image is reminiscent of an early promotional shot of John Wick: Chapter 2 which showed John Wick walking toward the camera alongside his own dog, who he had rescued at the end of the first film, across a bridge. The backdrop here is obviously quite different, but the tone of the image is the same.
Where John Wick's dog is in this moment is unclear, but with pretty much every professional assassin currently hunting him, he probably hasn't had a chance to go home.
The dogs are Belgian Malinois and there are two of them, who apparently both belong to Halle Berry's character who's name is Sofia. According to EW, Sofia and John Wick have a past, which causes him to go looking for her, as he believes she might help him. Apparently, she's one of the few people, seemingly on Earth, not gunning for John Wick. Based on the fact that this picture shows them together, we can rest assured that John Wick will find an ally in Sofia.
The desert is there because the place John Wick will find Sofia in the Middle East. John Wick: Chapter 2 took us on a slight detour to Europe before coming back to the familiar New York City setting. Hopefully, we'll get to see some more impressive scenery in Parabellum.
As far as the dogs go, they do have a story, and will apparently also be part of at least one significant action sequence. While we still don't know the details, Keanu Reeves says the dogs have a similar connection to Sofia as John Wick's first dog had to him.
Whereas John's puppy was symbolic of his wife, Halle's two dogs are symbolic of someone she's lost.
Halle Berry's character won't be the only newcomer to the franchise. Anjelica Huston will also have a significant role in the film as a woman who is responsible for John Wick's upbringing in the criminal underworld that he had tried to retire from.
Of course, still images don't ever really do justice to a franchise like John Wick. The real fun will start when we can see the first trailer for the new action film. The franchise is highlighted by impressive, visceral action sequences and we can only imagine what the third chapter of this saga has in store for us. Director Chad Stahelski calls the new film something of an origin story, so it looks like we may be getting a lot of details about Wick's life, and likely the larger underworld as well.
One of the things the John Wick movies have been great at is creating a world that feels deep and rich without having to spend a lot of time explaining much of anything. Hopefully, any actual answers we get will be worth the wait.
John Wick 3: Parabellum will arrive in theaters in May.