The industry is still reeling from the sudden passing of Lance Reddick. However, his eloquent presence would continue in several upcoming film and television projects that the prolific actor had completed before his death at age 60.
Over the past week, Reddick had been doing interviews in support of John Wick: Chapter 4, the latest film in the hit action series Keanu Reeves. The film, which will now be dedicated to the late actor, opens next week and is expected to debut with a franchise of $70 million at the domestic box office. In it, Reddick reprises his role as Charon, the concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York.
Reddick also recently played Charon in the John Wick spin off The ballerina, titled by Ana de Armas. He has completed all of his scenes in the film, for which Lionsgate has yet to set a release date.
January Deadline exclusively revealed Reddick’s casting in the Kiefer Sutherland-directed film The Court Martial of Caine Mutiny from Paramount Global Content Distribution for Showtime. Reddick completed all the work, playing Captain Blakely, Chief Court Martial Judge, in the production, which ended. Originally written in 1951 by Herman Wouk, The Court Martial of Caine Mutiny is retold for modern times and follows the US Navy on trial for mutiny.
Reddick will also soon be seen as Zeus in the high-profile new Disney+ series. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which has wrapped production on its first season. The project tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern demigod, Percy Jackson, who has just come to terms with his new supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his lightning master.
Starting May 19, Reddick will be seen in the Hulu reboot of 20th Century Studios white men can’t jump to restart. Jack Harlow plays the role originated by Woody Harrelson and Sinqua Walls plays the role previously played by Wesley Snipes. Reddick plays Benji Allen, the father and trainer of Walls’ character, who lives with MS.
Additionally, Reddick stars alongside Regina King in John Ridley’s upcoming biopic about Shirley Chisholm. Shirley about America’s first black congresswoman. Reddick plays Chisholm’s campaign manager Wesley MacDonald “Mac” Holder. We hear the film is eyeing a year-end release date.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” said Reeves and John Wick said filmmaker Chad Stahelski in a statement today. “He was an accomplished professional and a pleasure to work with. Our love and prayers go out to his wife Stephanie, children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. He will be missed terribly.”
Says Ian McShane, who plays Winston in the John Wick films, “Total shock and disbelief. Lance was a wonderful human being and a wonderful colleague. My most sincere condolences, peace and love to his wife, Stephanie, and all his family.