The upcoming John Wick prequel series, The Continental has cast Colin Woodell for the series’ lead as a young version of Winston.
The road to The Continental has been a long one. First revealed to be in development back in 2017, the John Wick series was eventually revealed to be a prequel series that would follow a younger version of Ian McShane’s character, Winston, and would take place in the 70s. In the film, Winston is the manager of a hotel known as The Continental; a kind of neutral territory for members of organized crime. The implication in the films was that he had a much deeper connection to John Wick and possibly held a lot more power in the organized crime world than was ever revealed.
This past week, the cast of The Continental has been steadily filling up. Recently it was revealed that Mel Gibson would be involved in the show but would not play the lead. According to Variety, the role of the young version of Winston is going to Colin Woodell. The actor is relatively unknown but has a resume stretching all the way back to 2013 with roles in films like Unfriended and in series like The Purge and The Flight Attendant.
Here is the official synopsis for The Continental:
“A prequel spinoff, Continental is set 40 years before the events of the Wick series and focuses on a young man named Winston. He will one day grow up to be the character played by Ian McShane in the Wick movies but in the prequel’s story is a young man starting as a hitman hotelier who, along with others, create a haven for unsavory types, all set against a backdrop of 1970s New York.”
The Continental is set to air as a three-episode event series with Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward serving as the showrunners. John Wick creators Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad will also sever as executive producers. The series currently does not have a release date.
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