Following John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2 you might expect the next Wick flick to simply be entitled John Wick: Chapter 3. But no, it gets a four-syllable word that we admit we had to look up.

According to star and doggo lover Keanu Reeves himself, the third entry in the ace hitman series will be called John Wick 3: Parabellum.

Yeah, OK, so what’s a parabellum? Is it that thing that Rihanna sung about?

No, it’s simply the name of an early 20th century German semi-automatic pistol or machine gun.

Figures.

It also – and more appropriately here – translates from Latin to “Prepare for war”.

That also figures.

The news comes via a ComingSoon interview with Reeves, in which he also intimated that newcomer to the series Halle Berry is somebody with whom Wick has a past.

John Wick 3: Parabellum will see the titular character on the run both due to the $14m contract that’s out on him, and because he broke the Continental Hotel’s rule of no killing on the premises. Now he has to get the heck out of New York City alive.

After Australia waited ages for the second instalment, great news is that we’re getting this one at the same time as the rest of the world. Pens at the ready? Scribble it in for May 16, 2019.

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