Constantine 2: Keanu Reeves will be back

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Constantine 2

After bringing Neo out of the closet for a fourth Matrix, two decades after the last opus, Keanu Reeves is now preparing to resume the sequel to the film Constantine, 17 years later. This is not really a surprise since the rumor had already been circulating in Hollywood for several months. Today, it is a certainty, because Warner Bros. Discovery has just recently validated the Constantine 2 film project. Of course, the role of John Constantine, the main character of the film, will be played by Keanu Reeves. At least that’s what the latest Hollywood news is saying.

Excellent news for fans of Constantine’s first opus

Released for the first time in cinemas in 2005, Constantine is a film based on the comic book series ” hellblazer“, which tells the story and especially the misadventures of John Constantine. This character, played by Keanu Reevesis an occultist, medium and exorcist with terminal lung cancer. Its main mission is to hunt demons and prevent them from crossing the border that separates our world from hell.. Because of his cancer, John Constantine expects to die, but for some rather obscure reason, he is saved in extremis by God. He then finds himself in the middle of a war between the half-being angel, Gabriel and Lucifer, the lord of cursed beings. The film ended with an open ending, leaving the door open for a possible sequel, which will be released 17 years later.

The story of an expert in demonology, John Constantine who lived, for a few moments, all the tortures of hell. Resurrected against his will, he is back on Earth with a mission: to fight and send Satan’s legions back to Hell. He then meets police inspector Angela Dodson to help him solve the mysterious suicide of his twin sister, Isabelle. Their investigation leads them straight into the world of demons and angels that linger under the sidewalks of Los Angeles. Caught in a whirlwind of supernatural events, John and Angela become closer and closer to finding salvation at any cost.

Actors Keanu Reeves Rachel Weisz Shia LaBeouf Tilda Swinton Pruitt Taylor Vince Djimon Hounsou Gavin Rossdale Peter Stormare

Director Francis Lawrence

Although a relatively dark film, it was very successful and had some success in theaters in several countries at the time.. Indeed, the film Constantine collected no less than 200 million dollars at the worldwide box office. Moreover, the film quickly turned into a cultural object much adored by fans around the world.

Beautiful people expected on the cast of Constantine 2

After the announcement of Warner Bros. Discovery, fans of the first part of Constantine are impatiently awaiting the actors who will be in the cast of this sequel.

Constantine 2: Keanu Reeves will be back

In addition to the star actor, Keanu Reeves, who also plays John Wick, film enthusiasts were also delighted to learn that director Francis Lawrence will be at the helm of this Constantine 2.

Moreover, the director, who has directed notable films like Hunger Games or I Am Legend, also confirmed the validation of the sequel to the film during an interview. In addition, other great American directors will also be part of this new opus dedicated to one of the heroes of DC Comics.. For the moment, we learned that behind the camera, there will be:

  • The director, screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsmanwho will write the screenplay for the film;
  • The composer, director, screenwriter and producer of the Star Wars saga, JJ Abramswho will take over production;
  • The producer, Hannah Minghellawho will support JJ Abrams in production.

In addition, after the validation of this film Constantine 2, the director JJ Abrams had to abandon his series project devoted to the character and the story of John Constantine. This project was to be released very soon on the HBO Max platform. In addition, we do not know if this new feature film will also be part of the DC Comics universe which wants to be even darker and more occult.

On the other hand, we do not yet know much about the expensive seconds of the casting of this Constantine 2. We must still remember that Peter Stormare, who played the role of Lucifer in the first film, had posted on Instagram a message indicating that a sequel could well be released. If we trust this message dating from November 2020, the actor should therefore also resume his obscure role.

A script yet to be written

During his interview, director Francis Lawrence also took the opportunity to provide several details on the progress of this new film Constantine 2. And the least we can say is that its cinema release will not be for tomorrow, to the great dismay of John Constantine worshipers.

Indeed, the director said that there is no script yet, but with Keanu Reeves and Akiva Goldsman, they are already hard at work to release the film as soon as possible. From these words, we therefore realize that the film Constantine 2 is only at the first stage of its development. Taking into account the time of production and the first showing in cinemas, it is likely that the film will not be released before 2024. Besides, it would be interesting to see how the directors will do to take into account the aging of its star actor and the 17 years that separate the two films.

Until then, it will be necessary to be patient and why not redo the first part of the film to remember the fascinating story. In any case, if we take into account the upcoming collaboration between Francis Lawrence and Keanu Reeves, who had already worked together on the first film, we can expect an exceptional result.

A brutal sequel?

Here’s what the director says

The idea is, as far as I’m concerned, to really go all out to make a real Constantine R-rated which I think is what people have always wanted to see. Not the almost universal PG-13 version, which is borderline R-Rated…

” For the first Constantine, we followed the rules of Warner Bros., which wanted to make a PG-13 film (not recommended for children under 13 in the USA), in terms of violence, blood, language, sexuality. In the end, the committee that classifies the films still decided to put Constantine in the R-Rated category (not recommended for children under 17 in the USA, the highest classification), because they felt that the film had a high borderline intensity. So my big, big regret is that we have a movie in between. We could have really made an R-Rated movie, instead of making a PG-13 movie. Even if it means being rated R, you might as well do something that deserves to be rated R. That is to say, do something much more frightening and much more violent. I really wish I had done this for the first Constantine… So one of the most important things for me is to catch up with Constantine 2. »

The story of an expert in demonology, John Constantine who lived, for a few moments, all the tortures of hell. Resurrected against his will, he is back on Earth with a mission: to fight and send Satan’s legions back to Hell. He then meets police inspector Angela Dodson to help him solve the mysterious suicide of his twin sister, Isabelle. Their investigation leads them straight into the world of demons and angels that linger under the sidewalks of Los Angeles. Caught in a whirlwind of supernatural events, John and Angela grow ever closer to find their salvation no matter the cost… (Original title – Constantine (2005)) © 2005 DC Comics. CONSTANTINE and all related characters and elements are trademarks.

Constantine 2: Keanu Reeves will be back