The Gray Man: Russo Brothers’ action-thriller begins production
The Russo Brothers have announced on Twitter that production has officially begun on their upcoming action-thriller adaptation The Gray Man. Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page was recently cast to star opposite Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame) in the feature. Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek) and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) have also signed for the high-profile project. Page, Woodard, and Thornton will star alongside Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas (Knives Out), Jessica Henwick (Love and Monsters), Golden Globe nominee Wagner Moura (Narcos), Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood), and Dhanush (Raanjhanaa).
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.