Halle Berry Pursued Role in 'John Wick' Sequel Even Before There Was a Script

Halle Berry joins the cast for "John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum." (Lionsgate)

There was no role for her. There wasn't event a script. But Halle Berry was determined to be part of the "John Wick" action-movie franchise.

So the Oscar winner cold-called director Chad Stahelski to let her know of her deep interest in being in the next sequel alongside star Keanu Reeves. "John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum" is scheduled to drop in May.

When Berry calls, people tend to listen.

"It was a right before the holidays (in 2017)," Stahelski told Entertainment Weekly. "I got a call saying, 'Halle Berry would like to meet with you.' I was like, 'That's cool.' I'd never met her before.

"She came to my offices in Manhattan Beach the next day, walked right in, sat down, goes, 'I want a part in John Wick 3. I'm like, well, 'That's very flattering, but we don't have a script yet.' She said, 'I don't care.' I'm like, 'Well, I don't even know if there's a female (part).' She goes, 'I don't care, I want to be in it, let's party.'"

Stahelski didn't seem to understand how big a fan Berry was of the original "John Wick" from 2014 and its 2017 sequel "John Wick: Chapter 2," both of which starred Reeves as a retired assassin who keeps getting pulled back into his violent, shoot-'em-up ways.

Stahelski contacted Berry a few months after their initial meeting to gauge her interest. He received an enthusiastic approach.

"It was like, 'Okay, let's just call her back and see if she's still interested," he said. "And she was like, 'Of course I'm (expletive) interested. When do we start training?' I'm like, 'Why don't you come down and watch?' She's like, 'I don't want to watch, I wanna do it.' Came in, first day, jumped right in. (She) finished going, 'Yeah, that was tough, what time do we start tomorrow?'"

Berry plays Sofia, an old acquaintance of Wick's.

"She has a past with John," Reeves said. "I end up going to find her to see if she can help me."

Berry was so devoted to her role that she ended up helping train her character's two dogs, according to Uproxx.

This article is written by Cicero Estrella from Mercury News and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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