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New title, release date revealed for 'John Wick 2'

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Wade Sheridan
Keanu Reeves attends the Japanese premiere of John Wick on September 30, 2015. The release date and official title were revealed for the sequel, John Wick: Chapter Two. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
Keanu Reeves attends the Japanese premiere of "John Wick" on September 30, 2015. The release date and official title were revealed for the sequel, "John Wick: Chapter Two." File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Keanu Reeves' upcoming action sequel to John Wick now has a new title and an official release date.

Now dubbed John Wick: Chapter Two, the film will hit theaters next Valentine's Day weekend on Feb. 10, 2017.

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Announced back in May after the surprise success of the original film John Wick, Chapter Two will continue the adventures of the highly skilled titular character as he travels to Rome to take on another group of hitmen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The sequel will reunite Reeves with original co-director Chad Staheliski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad along with co-stars John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynihan, and Lance Reddick.

New additions to the cast include Ruby Rose, Laurence Fishburne, Peter Stormare and new main antagonist Common who stars as the head of security for a female crime lord.

Released in 2014, John Wick follows a retired hitman as he seeks revenge on the Russian Mafia for killing his puppy gifted to him from his dead wife. The action film was a surprise hit earning $78 million at the box office on a $20 million budget.

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