David Castañeda & Sharon Duncan-Brewster Board Lionsgate’s ‘Ballerina’ Amid Reshoots

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate’s female-driven John Wick spinoff Ballerina has added David Castañeda (The Umbrella Academy) and Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Sex Education) to its cast amid reshoots abroad, Deadline can reveal.

Word of the castings comes at a newsy time in the world of John Wick, as word has emerged of a Wick series in the works, alongside an animated series adaptation of Twilight.

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Ballerina watches as a young female assassin (Ana de Armas) trained in the traditions of the Ruska Roma seeks revenge against the people who killed her family — as did Wick against those who have did him wrong, in films released between 2014 and 2019. After signing a new deal with Lionsgate expanding his oversight of the John Wick franchise, of which he was the architect, Chad Stahelski is working with Ballerina helmer Len Wiseman to shape new action sequences for the film.

Written by Shay Hatten, based on characters created by Derek Kolstad, the film will also star Anjelica Huston, Gabriel Byrne, the late Lance Reddick, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Norman Reedus, Ian McShane, and Keanu Reeves. Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing for Thunder Road, alongside Chad Stahelski for 87Eleven Entertainment. Pic’s now slated for release on June 6, 2025 after being delayed recently by a year.

Castañeda stars opposite Tom Hopper, Elliot Page, and more on Netflix’s hit series The Umbrella Academy, which returns for its fourth and final season on August 8th. Recently seen opposite Natasha Lyonne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Peacock’s Poker Face, the actor prior to that appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s Netflix pic The Guilty starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Other notable film credits include Sicario: Day of the Soldado and End of Watch.

Known for roles in Dune, Rogue One, Top Boy, and Enola Holmes, Duncan-Brewster most recently starred on the popular Netflix series Sex Education and is next set to star in Hulu’s adaptation of the bestseller Washington Black.

Castañeda is repped by Buchwald, Stark Management, and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Duncan-Brewster by The Artists Partnership in the UK.

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