The Continental: From the World of John Wick – or, otherwise known simply as The Continental – is the highly anticipated prequel TV series to the acclaimed John Wick movie franchise.
Since being announced back in 2018, the show has undergone many changes, from switching platforms to pushing back premiere dates. Expected to premiere in fall 2023, here is everything we know so far about the upcoming spin-off.
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What is it about?
Set in 1970s New York City, The Continental sets out to explore the origins of the infamous Continental Hotel – a safe haven for assassins that is the beating heart of the John Wick franchise. In essence, The Continental is a neutral ground where the assassins can have some downtime, hiding away from the eyes of the law – so long as they don’t cause any trouble for The Adjudicator, that is.
While at The Continental guests have been known to, of course, play their hand at some card games, as we see used as a tense setting for a brutal scene in the newest Wick installment. Over the years, the characters of the franchise have even inspired some casinos to do John Wick-themed nights.
Nowadays, you can play live roulette from the comfort of your own home – with immersive gameplay – so you can throw your very own The Continental watch party complete with authentic casino games and 1970s-themed beverages. Each table has its own theme that can bring a unique vibe to the gameplay, from mystical Quantum roulette, bougie Prestige roulette, beginner-friendly Speed roulette, or art deco Roulette Live.
The series is said to look through the lens of a young Winston Scott, who you might know as the owner of The Continental, as he rises to prominence and sets his sights on the hotel. Of course, given the context, Winston will also have to navigate the power of the Mafia, and the Winter of Discontent in New York City. This aims to give a fitting backstory to the character, explaining how and why Winston became the person he is in the movies.
Who stars in The Continental?
The young Winston Scott is played by Colin Woodell, with Mel Gibson as Cormac. The series also features performances from Mishel Prada, Ben Robson, Hubert Point-Du Jour, and Nhung Kate as Yen.
Guest stars also include Ray McKinnon, Mark Mushashi, Marina Mazepa, and, perhaps the most highly anticipated of all, Katie McGrath as The Adjudicator. In fact, the fandom that McGrath collected in part due to her prominence on the CW’s Supergirl had ‘Katie McGrath’ trending on Twitter after appearing in a split second of the teaser trailer.
The teaser trailer was released on April 12, 2023, set to the iconic 70s dance anthem I Feel Love by Donna Summer.
When and where will it be available?
The three-episode mini-series is expected to air in September 2023. Originally set to air on Starz, The Continental will now be shown as a Peacock Original across the NBC Universal service – the streaming home of the John Wick movies. Outside of the US, The Continental will be available on Amazon Prime Video.