It’s been quite a week of new trailers!! Thor 4, Elvis, The Three Thousand Years Of Longing … boy, my head is spinning! I still might blog about that last one by George Miller as it gets closer to its release date in August.
Now, The Gray Man has been on my anticipated list for some time now. I LOVE espionage thrillers, with the Russo Brothers directing and this cast, I’m immediately sold! Took a long time to finally see the first trailer as the movie opens in less than 2 months away… but dayum, it looks freakin’ cool!
Synopsis: When the CIA’s most skilled operative-whose true identity is known to none-accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.
I gotta admit I’m not the biggest Ryan Gosling fan but y’know what, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he’d be a good fit for the role of Court Gentry, aka The Gray Man. It’s Chris Evans as the bad guy Llyod Hansen looks to be the one to watch here. Apparently, he was considered for the lead role but he chose to play the villain instead, complete with that evil trash ‘stache, ahah. The trailer promises a mano-a-mano between the two, sorry but my money is on Lloyd, LOL!
Lucky Ana de Armas gets to do another movie with his former Knives Out co-star Evans (plus they’re doing another movie together, Ghosted). Armas was also in Blade Runner 2049 with Gosling. I absolutely enjoyed seeing her in No Time To Die, hopefully she’s got more screen time here. I’m most curious to see Regé-Jean Page as well as Jessica Henwick, two very talented actors whose stars are on the rise. Been ages since I saw Billy Bob Thornton in anything, I’m guessing he’s playing Gentry’s handler Donald Fitzroy.
I wonder if Netflix has bought the rights to more than one novel by Mark Greaney. Similar to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan espionage series whose protagonist is also a CIA operative, The Gray Man is Greaney’s 2009 debut novel of the now 12-book series that features the freelance assassin. Greaney actually continues the Jack Ryan book series after Clancy’s death, with the backing of Clancy’s family.
There are definitely shades of Mission Impossible here with the way the globe-trotting across Europe and full-on action. It’s quite a coincidence that Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning teaser was released earlier this week as well, but that thing isn’t out ’til Summer 2023!! Interestingly enough, Christopher McQuarrie was initially attached to direct (not sure if it was with Gosling as the lead or not).
Reportedly, at $200 Million, this is the most expensive Netflix original movie, tied in with Red Notice. I sure hope it’ll be eons better than that stupid drivel! I am hopeful because of the Russos and the directing bros collaborated again with frequent MCU screenwriting duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The Gray Man will screen in select theaters starting July 15 and on Netflix on July 22. I’m hoping there’ll be a theatrical screening for this, I’m guessing it’ll look cool on the big screen!
Are you excited for The Gray Man?