Ryan Gosling-Chris Evans' 'The Gray Man' starts production
Highly-anticipated Netflix drama The Gray Man has finally begun shooting. This exciting development was made official on Twitter by directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo aka the Russo brothers, the duo behind four top Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films. The post showed a photo of a clapperboard, with the movie's title and Take 1 written on it. The classic good ol' way!
First announced in 2011, film was to have Brad Pitt
The Gray Man was announced back in 2011 and was originally going to be made by Ad Astra director James Gray with Brad Pitt in the leading role. No further news was available about the movie until 2014. Now, the current star cast includes Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, and Dhanush.
Russo Brothers' 'Day 1' post about 'The Gray Man'
'The Gray Man' is based on Mark Greaney's novel
The Gray Man is based on Mark Greaney's novel by the same name. Greaney is famous for continuing the character of Jack Ryan after American novelist Tom Clancy passed away in the year 2013. The Gray Man is the first novel to feature Court Gentry, the titular character, who is a freelance assassin and a former CIA operative. Gosling will be playing that character.
This is the most expensive film ever made by Netflix
Notably, The Gray Man will be the most expensive original film ever made by Netflix, with a budget upward of $200 million. News has it that the Russos want to create a James Bond-like franchise with this movie. Their intention is to be competitive with any large-scale theatrical release. "We think Netflix is the perfect place for this film (sic)," (Joe) Russo told Deadline.
'A real mano a mano between two great actors'
The Gray Man will see Gosling's character, Gentry, being hunted by his former CIA cohort Lloyd Hansen, played by Evans. "The movie is a real mano a mano between two great actors, who represent two different versions of the CIA, (sic)" Russo previously said. The international locations for this movie have not been finalized yet, but will reportedly include multiple European countries.