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Bill Skarsgard joins John Wick 4: “It’s a really fun role!”

The Swedish actor, star of the films It loves the saga carried by Keanu Reeves, and he is obviously delighted to have been contacted for this sequel.

Bill Skarsgård is simply a fan of the franchise! John Wick fans will be surprised to see a newcomer in the fourth installment. The 30-year-old actor, who was successful in the Swedish film  Simple Simon , directed by Andreas Öhman in 2010, and recently spooked audiences with two horror films  It  ( It  in original language), adapted from novels by Stephen King and in which he plays the terrifying role of the clown Pennywise, spoke of his arrival in the action saga.

The rumor had been running for several months, and the person finally confirmed the news to the Nine Days site  , explaining that he had simply sympathized with the director of the franchise. The actor made no secret of his admiration for the adventures of the repentant hitman:  “I think movies are very entertaining. I’ve always been a fan of those kind of over-the-top action movies  [… ] “.

Skarsgård will therefore join Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Donnie Yen and many more. Regarding his meeting with director Chad Stahelski, he confided:  “Chad contacted me, we saw each other a few times and I really liked what he offered me. It was a role really. fun. I won’t go into detail, but it’s a fun part in a fun universe. I love movies. I think they’re entertaining and it’s something I’ve never really done before . It’s always something that inspires me, no matter what the project. I’m like  “Okay, this is a project, genre or something that I’ve never done before, so let’s give it a try and have fun with these constraints. ”  

Surely fans will want to know if his role will require special combat training?  “No,  [the character is]  different. That’s why I wanted to do it.” He added:  “It’s been a very long time since I’ve had in mind that I want to try to be as versatile as possible, whether it’s changing genres or playing very different characters. I just finished a movie. horror, and I feel like I’ve done a lot of it. I’d love to do comedy and action. I’d love to do as much as possible. And I think that’s the key to longevity in this job and a fun career where you can say to yourself: “I can do a lot of different things”, so as not to find yourself put in a box, which happens all the time. “

Skarsgård also gave his opinion on how the industry, mainly Hollywood’s, tends to put actors in boxes: “[They think to themselves] Oh, he’s great in that monster role”  and then they let us know. combine, and we tell ourselves that we can do a lot more than that.  That’s why I just try to do as many different types of roles and projects as possible. As long as there’s something that I find interesting and funny about the character […] I’m like, “Oh, I can do something with that”. It inspires me. It’s that simple”.

Skarsgård is also expected in an indie crime thriller directed by Chase Palmer, titled  Naked Singularity , in which he will star alongside John Boyega.

John Wick 4 is currently filming and will be released on May 24, 2022 in theaters. And the fans are lucky, since a fifth opus is already planned .

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