The long-awaited Netflix debut of The Gray Man, with its star-studded cast including Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, finally has an official Netflix release date, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Not only is it Ryan Gosling’s return to Hollywood since the 2018 release of First Man, but it also happens to be the most expensive Netflix production to date. So, there’s a lot riding on this film to produce the goods.
The action-thriller will be directed by the genius duo Joe and Anthony Russo, who you might know as the Marvel ex-pats who brought you what is arguably the greatest superhero film/s ever: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. So you know there is some serious cred behind this film.
Based on The Gray Man book series by author Mark Greaney, the plot puts the Goss front and centre as a CIA operative – whose identity isn’t revealed – and who happens to be the most skilled mercenary ever. What unfolds is the discovery of an agency that harbours dark secrets and a psychopathic former colleague (Chris Evans) who puts a bounty on Gosling’s head. The result is a global manhunt by international assains, à la Bourne Identity.
While many might be questioning the choice as Evans – the people’s ‘Cap’ – playing the baddie, we know that he can do so very well. I mean, have you seen *SPOILERS* Knives Out?
Finally, we have a first glimpse at The Gray Man thanks to a new 2022 Netflix Movie Preview trailer, which prominently features Gosling in his action-packed role looking as handsome as ever. Check it out below.
Who’s starring in The Gray Man?
Gosling plays a mysterious mercenary, and Evans is an international assassin hunting him. They are joined by Ana de Armas who, in the clip above, is being interrogated by the Duke of Hastings himself, Regé-Jean Page. Rounding out the cast are Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor and Scott Haze.
When/where can we watch it?
The Gray Man has an official theatrical release date of July 15th, 2022, before heading straight to Netflix the week following.
Why is it a big deal?
One, the Goss is back. Two, it cost an absolute bomb to make. In fact, it’s the most expensive Netflix production in history. Totaling a cool US$200 million (AU$280 million), with over a decade of development behind it. The last film to come close to such a financial backing was Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (US$159 million / AU$222 million) followed by the Will Smith-led Bright (US$106.2 million / AU$148.5 million).