Netflix is making one of its greatest movies of all time, collaborating with the directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame Joe and Anthony Russo – The Gray Man, a spy thriller starring Ryan Gosling, Ana De Armas and Chris Evans. Now the directors have revealed that Evans plays a villain in the film and that he will shoot in March 2021 – if Covid-19 allows it.
Based on books by author Mark Greaney that began in 2009, The Gray Man is reportedly costing over $ 200 million – what a Deadline report from last year called the biggest budget Netflix has ever committed to. a movie.
“We’re starting filming in March,” Anthony Russo said in a recent podcast. “We’re really excited. It’s a spy thriller, and yes, we can’t wait to continue. We’ve pushed back the start date a bit because of Covid, pending a safer window, but I hope that we can get there, go in march.
Gosling will play the protagonist of the books, a former CIA agent named Court Gentry, whom Evans plays as a former colleague stalking him.
Joe Russo summoned James Bond to discuss the mood for the film. “It’s like a modern take on a spy thriller,” says Joe Russo. “Bond is another franchise that we grew up on, and this is our opportunity to play in the spy sandbox. We love to infuse these great pop culture movies with modern themes and modern politics, so there are a lot of issues encapsulated in the film about what’s going on in the world today, and how espionage plays a role in it. “
The duo have previously compared the film to their first MCU image, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but in “a more real-life setting.”
The Russos were asked if Chris Evans is going to wear his infamous Knives Out sweater in this movie. “He’s going to wear some crazy shit in this one. He’s a really unique character, and he’s Evans as a villain, and he’s a really interesting character. And he’s going to be able to flex a lot in that role. “
The screenplay for The Gray Man was written by Joe Russo, with Avengers collaborators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely also working on the film.
Netflix takes a look at blockbusters
Netflix previously worked with the Russo Brothers on the ripping with Chris Hemsworth – which reportedly cost $ 65 million. The Gray Man, by comparison, is a much bigger deal, at around triple the budget according to early reports. We’re expecting something that looks more like a summer blockbuster.
Netflix has already made some big blockbuster-sized movies, with 6 Michael Bay’s Underground ($ 150 million) showing the streamer is willing to spend a lot on individual projects.
Indeed, 2021 will bring some of his greatest films to date – including Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, though it’s more likely to be a contender for an award than a blockbuster movie.
Red Notice, a comedy-tinged heist film starring Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds coming later this year, will also cost around $ 160 million according to a report from Variety.
So Netflix isn’t afraid to take a massive kick to compete with its Hollywood rivals.