EXCLUSIVE: Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Bridgerton Escape star Regé-Jean Page completed the Russo cast The Gray Man with Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas. Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush and Julia Butters are also on board.
The Russos have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package hit the market again over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and put Gosling and Evans in the spotlight. The film will be the biggest budget film in the history of Netflix on the feature film side.
Production starts in two weeks in Los Angeles. The film is part of the strong partnership that Netflix and AGBO have forged over the past year, starting with Extraction, which premiered last April to some of the highest viewing numbers in banner history. They also worked on the critically acclaimed film Mosul, which bowed in November on the banner.
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The Russos wrote the screenplay with recent polish from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Russos with Mike Larocca will produce on behalf of AGBO with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.
The gray man is based on Mark Greaney’s debut novel, published in 2009 by Jove Books. It’s also the first novel to feature the Gray Man, freelance assassin and former CIA agent Court Gentry. The action thriller will follow Gentry (Gosling) as he is hunted across the world by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former CIA cohort. The film is based on the first installment in the series.
Thornton recently finished production on the fourth season of his Amazon series. Goliath. He was also recently seen in the Sam Taylor-Johnson drama Millions of little pieces. He is replaced by WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light.
Page is best known for his role in the Netflix series Bridgerton and recently signed to star in Paramount’s untitled Dungeons and dragons peak. He also appeared in the photo from Amazon Slyvie’s love. It is replaced by CAA, Mosaic, The Artists Partnership, Ziffren Brittenham.
Woodard recently received rave reviews for the drama Clemency. It can be seen next in Sony Paternity opposite Kevin Hart. It is replaced by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Gochman Law.
The next Russos and AGBO film cherry tilts to Apple TV + on March 12 and stars Tom Holland. They are taken over by the CAA.