The project was announced back in 2020 when it was revealed that Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans would star in an action thriller similar to the James Bond series. But what caught the most attention was the fact that the film has a budget of $ 200 million, making it Netflix’s most expensive film to date.
Although production has been facing delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has now been revealed that The Gray Man will hit UK cinemas on July 15 and arrive on the streaming platform a week later, on July 22. The film is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors who brought the world the acclaimed Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War.
Based on a series of books by Mark Greaney, the film follows Gosling as a skilled CIA mercenary who accidentally reveals dark secret agencies. When his former fellow psychopath (Evans) puts a reward behind his head, it triggers a global chase led by international assassins.
Joe Russo speaks about the movie
Joe Russo has previously spoken about the project, comparing Gosling and Evans's on-screen chemistry with that of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat. “It’s fantastic, it’s electric.
It’s also been a long time since we’ve seen a movie like this. We have two big movie stars going against each other to the tradition of like De Niro and Pacino in Heat." Russo said in an interview with Variety at the Spider-Man premiere.
: No Way Home. This is an intense action film. Very, very entertaining performances from both actors, and they’re absolutely pitted against each other in the movie. And it’s a deliciously sociopathic turn for Chris Evans as the villain.
He does [make a good sociopath], it’s quite entertaining. So I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun”. Russo added In addition to Gosling and Evans, the cast includes the latest Bond girl Ana de Armas, Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, and Billy Bob Thornton.