The world of John Wick isn’t unfamiliar with trained killers trying to disassemble one central character through trials of combat. So it only makes sense that in the latest casting news for the currently in production John Wick: Chapter 4, a new actor has boarded from a franchise that also has that sort of logline in common: Alita: Battle Angel. Only this time actor Marko Zaror isn’t pursuing Doc Ido’s cyber girl, he’s the new heavy trying to take out Keanu Reeves’ John Wick.
As reported by Deadline, Zaror has been given the honors of playing “one of Wick’s lead pursuers” in John Wick: Chapter 4. With a cast that is so stacked it could be considered a breakfast special at your local diner, Marko Zaror is the latest person tasked with giving Keanu Reeves’ popular hitman the worst day of his life. Which only makes the fact that Zaror played Ajakutty in Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel all the more fitting, as that’s basically the first rule of Motorball. And this time he doesn’t have to worry about rocket skates, or cybernetic enhancements.
In addition to his role in Alita: Battle Angel, Marko Zaror has also been seen in other Robert Rodriguez action thrill rides. Prior to his John Wick: Chapter 4 casting, Zaror played a villainous henchman in the 2013 sequel Machete Kills, aiding Mel Gibson’s Luthor Voz in his evil schemes. Also, in the world of television, Marko Zaror had a role on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as an appearance on the Netflix series The Defenders. With an action resume that reads like that, it’s very clear how Zaror would be a prime candidate to join the already rich world of John Wick: Chapter 4’s opposing cast.
When we last saw John Wick at the end of John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, he was about to enter into an alliance with The Bowery King (Lawrence Fishburne) in the name of taking down The High Table. And while his enemies may presume him to be dead for the moment, Mr. Wick is going to be up against some horrific odds when he resurfaces. Knowing that Marko Zaror is one of the main parties hunting him down, it looks like those odds have just tilted a bit more in the favor of The High Table.
The war in John Wick: Chapter 4 is going to get more heated than ever, with actors like Marko Zaror involved. While Keanu Reeves’ epic assassin turned avenger for dog kind definitely will have some tricks up his sleeve, an all out war such as this is bound to take its toll. John Wick might still walk away alive, but at what cost, and with what damage?