John Wick: Chapter 4 takes the hitman’s fight against the High Table global as the movie spans Paris, Berlin, New York, and most importantly, Japan. Wick’s challenge to the all-powerful organization will put him in the crosshairs of a new character: the Marquis de Gramont, described as a “viciously ambitious” individual looking to make a name for himself, played by Bill Skarsgård.
“The Marquis is a young man of unknown origin who has quickly climbed the ladder within the High Table doing god knows what,” Skarsgård tells Total Film in the new issue of the magazine(opens in new tab), featuring John Wick on the cover. “I always saw him as someone from the gutter that now savors the glittery suits he’s wearing. He functions as the new sheriff set out to rid the world of John Wick once and for all.”
The Marquis embodies the “bureaucratic evils” of the High Table by enforcing and manipulating the arbitrary rules of a system designed to keep John and others like him under its thumb. He may not be a physical match for John Wick – let’s face it, who is? – but the Marquis’ skill in twisting these rules to his favor makes him a threat that Wick can’t simply fight the only way he knows how.
“John’s getting old and tired, the Marquis is offering him a way out,” Skarsgård teases. “To be the one who finally kills the Baba Yaga would secure his status and power within the High Table.”
Robert Eggers’ long-awaited new take on the Nosferatuis gaining some serious momentum as sources tell Deadline that Bill Skarsgard is attached to play the titular character and Lily-Rose Depp is in talks to co-star. The pic now is set up at Focus Features, with Eggers directing and penning the script. Jeff Robinov, John Graham, Robert Eggers, Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus are producing.
In the new reimagining, Nosferatu is a gothic tale of obsession between a haunted young woman (Depp) in 19th century Germany and the ancient Transylvanian vampire (Skarsgard) who stalks her, bringing untold horror with him. Focus had no comment on the project.
Why Bill Skarsgard Didn’t Want People to Know He Was from a Famous Family
With a unique and recognizable last name like Skarsgard, it’s difficult for up-and-coming Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard to avoid instant comparisons to his famous family members.
Skarsgard, 25, is son to Stellan (Thor) and brother to actors Alexander and Gustaf (TV’s Vikings) but he wasn’t exactly dying to join the family business.
“I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a little kid,” he tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue, on newsstands now. “But as I got into my teenage years I thought, is it really me wanting this or because I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps?”
Skarsgard studied science in high school before deciding he couldn’t deny his own passion for acting any longer and that he wanted to pave his own way.
“I’ve always felt a very strong need to do it myself,” he says. “The association with my brothers and my father is already so big, I didn’t want them to have anything to do with what I did. I needed them to feel that I am completely responsible for what I do.”
After breaking out on his own in Sweden, Skarsgard booked a small role on the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and has a supporting role in the upcoming film The Divergent Series: Allegiant as mysterious new character Matthew.
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“Now that I’m a little bit more established and secure in myself as an actor, I do communicate with them,” Skarsgard says of leaning on his family for career advice. “We can have an open dialogue about situations at work and it’s immensely helpful having them there.”
Bonus Skarsgard fact: their family name is wholly original and relatively new.
“We’re the only ones with our last name,” says Skarsgard. “My grandfather and his brothers came up with it, so we’re the only ones who are named Skarsgard, our family and our cousins and stuff like that. A lot of people think that Skarsgard happens to be a common last name, but it’s just us.”
The Divergent Series: Allegiant arrives in theaters March 18.