Ian McShane Criticizes 'The Continental' Series in New Interview, But Set to Reprise Role in 'Ballerina' Spin-Off

News - 22 January 2024
Last September, the John Wick franchise took a step further with the release of the Amazon Prime series, The Continental. This series, set in the 1970s, received mixed reviews from both fans and critics. Renowned actor Ian McShane, who plays Winston in the John Wick movies, did not hold back his thoughts on The Continental, referring to it as a mere 'cash grab'.

nnThe Continental is a three-part miniseries that explores the origins of the infamous hotel for assassins that fans have come to know from the John Wick films. The series follows a young Winston Scott, portrayed by Colin Woodell, who eventually becomes the owner of the Continental hotel in New York and a close confidant of the legendary hitman, John Wick.nnIn a recent interview with Movieweb, McShane expressed his disinterest in The Continental, stating that he has no intention of watching the series.

He also mentioned that neither Keanu Reeves nor the director of the John Wick films have shown any interest in watching it either. McShane criticized the series for lacking any connection to the original films and accused the production company of simply trying to capitalize on a well-known name without consulting the original cast members.nnDespite his lack of involvement with The Continental, McShane is set to reprise his role as Winston in the upcoming John Wick spin-off film, Ballerina.

This film, scheduled for release later this year, will focus on a young assassin played by Ana de Armas. Rumors suggest that Reeves may also make an appearance in Ballerina, alongside returning actors Lance Reddick and Anjelica Huston. Fans of the John Wick franchise can look forward to seeing McShane once again in his iconic role as Winston when Ballerina hits theaters on June 6.

nnFor those eager to dive back into the world of John Wick, all the original films as well as The Continental are now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the franchise or simply looking for some action-packed entertainment, there is plenty to explore within the expanding universe of John Wick.