‘Ballerina’, with Ana de Armas and Keanu Reeves, now shooting in Prague’s Old Town

The John Wick spinoff Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas and Keanu Reeves, has entered the third week of its three-month shoot in the Czech Republic, and will be shooting in the center of Prague in the coming days.

Ballerina is slated to shoot in Prague’s Old Town neighborhood from Thursday through Sunday, with filming taking place in the area of the Czech capital’s landmark National Theatre.

Streets in the area including Krocínova, Karoliny Světlé, Konviktská, Ostrovní, and Pštrossova have been reserved for production.

Prague’s National Theatre

Ballerina has also registered to film in Prague’s Karlín district in two weeks, with filming scheduled to take place on Křižíkova, Prvního pluku, and Za Poříčskou bránou streets from December 6-8 (thanks to Sam B. for the heads up).

In Prague 8, filming will take place at the end of Křižíkova street, by the renovated Karlín Viadukt and Kasárna Karlín.

Reeves is reportedly no longer in Prague, indicating his Ballerina role may have been a small one; or, perhaps, the John Wick star may return to the Czech capital for filming at a later date.

Little has been revealed about the plot of Ballerina, but Ana de Armas presumably stars as the titular character, a dancer and deadly assassin out for revenge. Designer Nuno Sarnadas of Dark Design put together a fan concept poster in fitting John Wick style.

Two new cast members were confirmed to be starring in Ballerina in recent days, and will presumably be shooting for the film in Prague over the coming months.

Ian McShane (Deadwood), who has starred in the previous three John Wick movies, will reprise his role as hotel manager Winston in Ballerina. Colin Woodell will play a younger version of McShane’s character in the upcoming series The Continental, which also stars Mel Gibson and was shot in Budapest earlier this year.

Anjelica Huston has also been confirmed to star in Ballerina, reprising her role from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as the head of the Ruska Roma crime organization. Her character trained young dancers to become assassins in that film, and will presumably have a similar relationship with the Ana de Armas character in Ballerina.

“The idea of Ballerina was formed around the scenes with Anjelica in John Wick 3,” Erica Lee, who is producing the film alongside Basil Iwanyk and Chad Stahelski, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Anjelica Huston is an icon and is nothing less than Hollywood royalty. The world of Wick is always made richer by her commanding screen presence.”

Ballerina will continue its Prague shoot through next February. A release date has not been confirmed, but look for the film to debut some time in 2024.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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