Netflix’s The Gray Man Adds Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodard & Billy Bob Thornton
According to Deadline, Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page has officially been cast to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in the Russo Brothers’ newest action feature The Gray Man. Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton have also signed on to join the high-profile project. Page, Woodard, and Thornton will be joining previously announced cast members Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, and Dhanush.
This project marks Page’s latest collaboration with Netflix after leading the first season of the popular historical fiction romance drama Bridgerton. It is also unclear if he along with co-star Phoebe Dynevor will be appearing in the second season. Page has also recently landed the leading role in Paramount’s upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film.
The movie is based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel that introduced the Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative named Court Gentry. The action thriller adaptation is described as a deadly duel between killers as Gentry (Gosling) is hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort of Gentry’s at the CIA.
The Gray Man will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo from a script written by Joe Russo with “a polish” by AGBO’s Co-Presidents of Story and MCU writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The project was reportedly developed years ago at New Regency as a Brad Pitt/James Gray vehicle, but stalled with the Russo Brothers quietly developing the project for years.
The intention for the project is to create a new franchise on a “James Bond-level” with a budget of upwards $200 million, and Netflix has now set its most financially ambitious feature film thus far with The Gray Man. The film will be produced by AGBO’s the Russo Brothers and Mike Larocca along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum. They are hoping to begin production in January in Los Angeles as international locations are being finalized.
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