Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are both set to star in the action-thriller ‘The Gray Man’ with Joe and Anthony Russo at the helm.
The film which is commissioned by Netflix is said to be the streaming giants most financially ambition movie to date with a budget upward of $200 million. The hope is to create a franchise on the same level as James Bond.
Based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel that introduced the Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative named Court Gentry. The action-thriller is said to be a deadly duel between killers as Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry’s at the CIA.
Gosling is expected to appear in further instalments.
The Russos’ AGBO is producing the film. The script was written by Joe Russo, with a polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who scripted the Russo-directed ‘Captain America’ and ‘Avengers’ films.
“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 Russo 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.”
The film will be the first the duo has directed since ‘Avengers: End Game’.