The Continental: Supergirl Star Katie McGrath Joins John Wick Prequel Series
Katie McGrath, who previously played Lena Luthor in the Arrowverse series Supergirl, has found her first role since the Supergirl series concluded last November after six seasons.
As Deadline reported, the Irish actress joined The Continental, Starz’s prequel series set in the John Wick franchise. Additionally, the report also confirmed that Ray McKinnon, Adam Shapiro, Mark Musashi, and Marina Mazepa also joined the series. Last October, Mel Gibson was the first actor confirmed for The Continental.
John Wick franchise kicked off with a 2014 original movie of the same name starring Keanu Reeves. Two sequels followed in 2017 and 2019, respectively. John Wick: Chapter 4 is set to be released in 2022, and the fifth movie is already in development. John Wick 4 is currently filming reshoots. John Wick franchise is now set to expand even further.
Not much is known about The Continental so far, except that it’s a 3-night special series focused on John Wick’s origin story. Mel Gibson’s character will be named Cormac. Katie McGrath will play The Adjudicator, as Deadline reported. Apart from The Continental, a spin-off movie Ballerina starring Ana de Armas is also in development.
Irish actress is best known for the role of Morgana Pendragon in the BBC One series Merlin. She joined the Supergirl series in the second season as Lena Luthor, sister of Lex Luthor, who was played in the series by Jon Cryer. McGrath is generally very beloved among Supergirl fans. She also starred in Jurassic World, in which she was remembered for the iconic death scene of her character Zara. She also starred as Vortigern’s wife Elsa in 2017’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Kevin Beggs, Chairman of the Lionsgate Television Group, previously announced the series with these words:
“It’s such a successful franchise, it’s on its way to its fourth and fifth installments as a movie. It’s got such a great mythology and such interesting style, and the gun fu approach of these incredibly poetic stunt esthetics is just out of this world, which is why the movie with Keanu Reeves — who is so amazing in everything he does but particularly compelling as John Wick in our mind — it just cries out to be something in TV. Just like the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe from a TV perspective are incredibly opportunities, and that is our superhero franchise in the family. What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later. That’s the arena. I won’t give away more than that, but Starz really leaned into this take also, and they have been great collaborators. And how we’ve approached this first season is as three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.” — Kevin Beggs
The Continental will be a 3-night special mini-series, the release date is still TBA.