Keanu Reeves reveals the title of John Wick 3 and the meaning behind it


Keanu Reeves has revealed the name and meaning of John Wick 3, which he is currently shooting in New York.

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Keanu Reeves revealed the name for John Wick 3. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)

During an interview with, Reeves talked about his upcoming movie, Siberia, in which an American diamond trader travels to Siberia in search of his Russian partner and instead begins a love affair. During the interview, he was also asked about John Wick 3, and revealed the movie is titled, “John Wick 3: Parabellum”.

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It will be called John Wick 3: Parabellum. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)

The first John Wick movie came out in 2014 with Reeves starring as a retired hitman seeking vengeance. The second film came out in 2017. Both movies were written by Derek Kolstad and directed by Chad Stahelski, and were critically acclaimed. The first film grossed $88.8 million and the second grossed $171.2 million worldwide.

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The first John Wick film came out in 2014. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)
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The second one was released in 2017. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)

When asked what the name John Wick 3: Parabellum means, Reeves said, “Prepare for war. It’s part of that famous sentence, ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum,’ which translates as, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war.‘” He was also asked if the third movie will be similar to the first two and whether it will be emotional, and he said, “Each film is very different but in the same kind of world and take. I can’t speak to your subjective experience, but there’s definitely emotion in this piece.

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Parabellum means prepare for war. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)
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Reeves said this movie will be more emotional. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)

The cast for the movie incdues Reeves, Halle Berry, Angelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, Mark Dacascos, Jason Mantzoukas, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, and Tiger Hu Chen. Hiroyuki Sanada is also expected to make a return as the main villain.

Reeves was also asked during the interview about the character development of the rest of the cast. Speaking of Halle Berry’s character, who has been a lone wolf so far in the franchise, Reeves said, “Yeah, John Wick is fighting for his life and thinks that Halle Berry’s character has some information for him. They have a past, and they get involved with The High Table, this kind of overlording entity.

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Halle Berry’s character will have some development. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)
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Wick is dependent on Berry’s character. (Image source: Instagram/John Wick Chapter 3)

John Wick 3: Parabellum will release on May 17, 2019. The franchise will also expand into other movies and a TV show titled The Continental executive-produced by Chris Collins. There will also be a spin-off film titled Ballerina about a child assassin in the John Wick universe.


Updated: July 9, 2018 — 9:01 pm

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