The Gray Man: Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans to star in Russo bros Netflix film
Staff Reporter | On 18, Jul 2020
Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans will star in The Gray Man, a new action movie for Netflix.
The streamer, which has added 10 million subscribers during the past three months, has enjoyed success with blockbusters in recent months, with Extraction starring Chris Hemsworth one of its most watched original movies. Now, with a sequel to that in the works and a possible new franchise in the recently released The Old Guard, Netflix is making its ambitions clear – by ordering what may be its most ambitious blockbuster yet.
Written by Joe Russo, with a polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it is based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel and follows the eponymous freelance assassin and former CIA operative, whose real name is Court Gentry. Gentry (Gosling) is pursued across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former CIA colleague.
The film will mark the first directorial effort from Joe and Anthony Russo since the brothers broke box office records with Avengers: Endgame. With a series of books already proving a success, and with Deadline reporting a “James Bond level of scale” for the production, Netflix is aiming to get its own action franchise in the running.
The Russos’ AGBO is producing, with the Brothers producing alongside Mike Larocca, along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum.
“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do,” Anthony told Deadline. “For those who were fans of Captain America: Winter Soldier, this is us moving into that territory in more of a real-world setting. That’s what this movie really means for us.”
Joe added: “The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do with with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us. The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie. These are master assassins, and Gosling’s characters gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down. We have a great working relationship with Netflix, and we go back almost 20 years with Scott Stuber. We formed AGBO to be an agnostic storytelling company, where we figure out the best platform. We think Netflix is the perfect place for this film.”
The project also marks the Russos’ growing clout on the global streaming stage; the duo recently made a deal at Amazon Studios for Citadel, a new thriller series that will star Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra and have localised editions made around the world.