Mel Gibson to Star in “John Wick” Prequel Series

Mel Gibson at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon in 2017.
Mel Gibson at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon in 2017. Photo by Jim Smeal/Shutterstock (8283138t)

Mel Gibson will be starring in the John Wick prequel series The Continental at Starz.

The series was ordered back in 2018 and it follows the inner workings of the titular hotel which is a refuge for assassins, from the film franchise. The Continental will look at the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins through Winston Scott, who is in a 1975 New York City and faces his past he thought he left behind. He goes through a deadly course through New York’s underworld in an attempt to seize the hotel, which is the meeting point for the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Gibson is set to play Cormac, but no details have been released about his character. Previously it was announced that The Continental will be a three-night event series and no premiere date is set.

The series comes from Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward, who also serve as showrunners. Chad Stahelski, Derek Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Basil Iwanyk, and Erica Lee serve as executive producers.

This is Gibson’s first regular TV role. He was in the Australian series The Sullivans in the 1970s and made appearances in other shows. Gibson is mostly known for his film roles which include the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max franchises, Braveheart, The Patriot, and Signs.

The three John Wick films made over $300 million at the global box office, according to Variety. A fourth film is filming and is set to be released on May 27, 2022.