Bill Skarsgård’s Action Movie Transformation Hints At John Wick 4 Role

A recent set photo of Bill Skarsgård from Boy Kills World potentially hints at the nature of his role in John Wick: Chapter 4 as a very physical opponent against a highly skilled fighter like Keanu Reeves’ John Wick. In Boy Kills World, Skarsgård portrays a young man known only as “Boy,” who is both deaf and mute. Taking refuge in the jungle after his family’s murder, Boy is trained to be a warrior by a mentor he meets (Yayan Ruhian).

The set photo of Skarsgård shows him in extremely well-defined shape and in a fighting stance for what could be a fight or training scene. Neither should come as a huge surprise on its own, with actors frequently training heavily for action movie roles. However, the set photo and the proximity of Boy Kills World’s production to that of John Wick 4 could indicate a similarly physical role in the latter on Skarsgård’s part.

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Other than John Wick and the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) declaring war on the assassin world’s governing body, the High Table, much of John Wick 4’s story remains hidden. With that said, the movie has also brought aboard a who’s who of martial arts stars, including Donnie Yen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Scott Adkins, and Marko Zaror. With a series as action-packed and full of martial arts as the John Wick franchise, that’s to be expected. Meanwhile, Skarsgård’s character Marquis might also be headed into up-close battle with John, if the Boy Kills World set photo is anything to go by.

Boy Kills World also commenced principal photography in February of 2022, just a few months after John Wick 4 wrapped in late 2021. Skarsgård, depending on when he wrapped on John Wick 4, might’ve simply continued whatever training his John Wick 4 role entailed as a lead-in to Boy Kills World. With Skarsgård not widely known for action movie roles, and John Wick a martial arts bar-raising franchise, this could shed some light on everything he did to prepare for both John Wick 4 and Boy Kills World.

Skarsgård’s performance as Pennywise in the IT films certainly shows his talent for translating movement to his performance, in that case in a horror movie context. For Boy Kills World, he’s also bringing that versatility to playing a fighting machine, while the shape he’s gotten into for it might be equally linked to his immediately previous action movie role in John Wick 4. With Yayan Ruhian of The Raid movies and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum on-board, Boy Kills World also co-stars Andrew Koji of the Bruce Lee-based series Warrior. That being a follow-up to John Wick 4 is definitely something to doubly train hard for.

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As both Boy Kills World and John Wick 4 near, the full picture of Skarsgård’s role in each will become more clear. Boy Kills World is definitely setting up an intriguing upcoming Bill Skarsgård performance with his physical transformation and portrayal of the fighter he’s been turned into. It might also mean that Skarsgård could end up going head-to-head with the Baba Yaga himself in John Wick: Chapter 4.

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