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Keanu Reeves: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Is a ‘Third Degree Black Belt’

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Keanu Reeves is confident that “John Wick: Chapter 2,” which recently wrapped filming, amps up the action of the first film to a whole other degree.

Reeves discussed the sequel to his cult hit with IGN, hyping the heightened stakes of the “John Wick” follow-up as the titular character heads to Rome. “For us it was just what is the next chapter? What is the continuation of this story? Opening up the world – the underground world. The world behind the world in terms of the assassins. Kind of evolving the action – if the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt. It’s such a fun project and a great character.”

Also touching on the new characters in the film, Reeves discussed the role of his former “Matrix” co-star, Laurence Fishburne, in the sequel, saying, “Laurence has this fantastic role as a character in the Underworld called The Bowery King…He plays such a great character in the piece and he brings of course humour, intelligence, charisma and fascination – he’s such an incredible actor and it was a pleasure to work with him again.”

Reeves also confirmed that Peter Stormare will feature in a cameo role at some point throughout the film, adding, “And Peter Stormare – Stormare has more of a cameo in it but again he brings such fun and mystery and this mixture of groundedness and the surreal.”

“John Wick: Chapter 2” hits screens on February 10, 2017.