Albert Hughes, director of the TV series The Continental, commented on the casting of Mel Gibson, often criticized for several anti-Semitic and racist comments.
The universe of John Wick, the hitman played on the big screen by Keanu Reeves, will expand on TV with The Continental, a series which, as the title suggests, will tell the origins of the iconic hotel, a meeting point for the most famous criminals in the world. Among the protagonists there will also be Mel Gibson in the role of Cormac, manager of the New York Continental. A very controversial casting to which director Albert Hughes wanted to respond in this way:
“When we work on a casting, we leave aside the personal stories of the individuals. Mel Gibson was the perfect man for the role, we needed an intense performance like Lethal Weapon or Interceptor, my favorite film. He manages to convey a unique emotion to you that few succeed, as happens with Tom Hardy or Shia LaBeouf to name others”.
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What is The Continental about?
The series, divided into three parts, will be told through the eyes of a young Winston Scott, dragged into the hell of 1970s New York to face a past he thought he had forgotten. Winston will travel on a deadly journey through the hotel’s mysterious underworld in a terrifying bid to take over the hotel and ultimately take over his throne.
Colin Woodell steps into Ian McShane’s shoes to play young Winston, while newcomer Ayomide Adegun takes on the mantle of Charon from the late Lance Reddick. The series also stars Mel Gibson, Mishel Prada, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Robson, Nhung Kate, Jessica Allain and Hubert Point-Du Jour.
The Continental will arrive on Prime Video on September 22nd.