Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame) and Ryan Gosling (Blade Runner 2049) are set to star in the action thriller The Gray Man, the first project Joe and Anthony Russo will direct following Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.
Produced by AGBO’s Russo Brothers and Mike Larocca, along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum, the project will reportedly be Netflix’s biggest film to date with a budget upwards of $200 million.
With a script written by Joe Russo, the film is based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel that introduced The Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative named Court Gentry. Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry’s at the CIA.
Anthony Russo told Deadline: “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. 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 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,” added Joe Russo.
Production is set to begin in January in Los Angeles along with other international locations.