At the Movies

Gosling, Evans Team Up for Spy Thriller

The 2009 novel, A Gray Man is set to have Netflix's largest budget with heavy hitters, Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

JULY 17th, 2020

© Deadline


yan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to star in Netflix’s latest movie, The Gray Man. AGBO’s Joe and Anthony Russo will be directing the movie – the first since Avengers: Endgame two years ago. The movie will be based off the 2009 Mark Greaney novel which tells the story of former CIA operative, Court Gentry.

The action thriller is being devised with the intention of creating a new franchise to rival the iconic James Bond, and Netflix aren’t pulling any punches when it comes to budget. The Gray Man is expected to have the streaming service’s largest-ever budget, with over $200 million expected to be invested into the project.

Book cover of A Gray Man by Mark Greaney - © A Gray Man

The movie will see a deadly duel between killers as Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former associate of Gentry’s at the CIA. Locations are still being finalised and similarly with the books, Netflix hope to turn the movie into a series of multiple instalments, with Gosling expected to return.

Anthony Russo told Deadline: “The movie is a real mano a mano between two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do.”

The film will see Evans team up once again with the directing brothers and 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 Russo Brothers will direct the movie - their first since Avengers: Endgame - © Getty Images

Netflix have garnered a pretty successful partnership with the Russo’s after their first movie with the streaming service Extraction becoming the most watched Netflix original movie of all time. The brothers are hoping to recreate the success of the Chris Hemsworth caper with The Gray Man.

As well as signing on to star in the Russo’s next movie, Chris Evans has also just launched his politics website, A Starting Point. The site looks to promote bipartisan in politics and provide information directly from congress and politicians on social issues.

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