Colin Woodell (The Flight Attendant) has been tapped as the lead in The Continental, Starz’s TV series prequel to the Keanu Reeves film franchise John Wick. Woodell, who will play Winston Scott, the younger version of Ian McShane’s character from the John Wick films, joins Mel Gibson in the three-night special-event TV series, produced by Lionsgate Television.
The Continental explores the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, a centerpiece of the John Wick universe, through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Woodell) who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the New York’s mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel, which serves as the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Gibson plays a character named Cormac in the series based on Lionsgate’s blockbuster John Wick film franchise, written by Derek Kolstad, which has grossed more than $600 million in the global boxoffice.
McShane has previously said he won’t appear in The Continental but might do voice-over work, and Lionsgate has said that while Reeves likely won’t appear in the series.
Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward are writing the event series, which consists of three 90-minute movies, and serve as executive producers and showrunners. Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese and Marshall Persinger will also serve as executive producers.
Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) will be directing Night One and Night Three while executive producing all three. Charlotte Brändström (The Lord of the Rings) will direct Night Two.
Woodell, who co-starred opposite Kaley Cuoco on the first season of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, recently made a New York stage debut Off-Broadway in Dying City opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Next, Woodell will be seen in Michael Bay’s film Ambulance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and in Amazon Prime Video’s, I Love America opposite Sophie Marceau. He is repped by Management 360 and Gersh.
‘John Wick’ Casting Shocks Creator But Give Him a Chance!!!
Mel Gibson will star in the new "John Wick 2 streaming
" TV series -- a controversial casting that left even the franchise's own creator in shock, but the guy's still willing to let it be ... for now.
Screenwriter Derek Kolstad -- who penned the initial "John Wick 3 streaming
" movie, and contributed to the other 2 installments, tells TMZ ... like many others who heard the Gibson news this week, he too was surprised by the decision -- adding he had no idea it was coming.
Kolstad says that even though his creator status earns him an executive producer credit on the show -- which will be a prequel titled, "The Continental," the name of the hitman hotel in the flicks -- he hasn't been in on the creative process playing out behind the scenes, including casting.
Despite being in the dark, DK tells us he's willing to give the guy a shot, and will watch the series with naked eyes.
As for why Mel deserves a chance here ... well, Kolstad tells us he simply doesn't believe in canceling someone over previous mistakes -- of which, Gibson's had several.
Fact is, Gibson was never canceled -- despite the anti-Semitic moments and alleged domestic violence, he's been acting and directing for years now ... even after the scandals.
Still, the Twitter mob is pissed he's been tapped to carry the flag for a mega-franchise like "John Wick 4 streaming ita
" ... especially in 2021, where folks are getting called out for lesser transgressions than Gibson's old messiness.
Perhaps in the interest of his brainchild continuing to expand, Kolstad, at least, is rooting for ol' Mel at this point.