Despite reports that Netflix is looking to cut spending amid a huge loss of subscribers, the streaming service is pulling out all the stops for its star-studded blockbuster The Gray Man, which is the most expensive film to date.
As revealed in the Summer 2022 issue of Empire Magazine (later posted online by the Twitter account of BestOfChrisEvans), the $200 million action-thriller is getting both a prequel and a sequel, suggesting the streaming giant is pretty confident it has a winner on its hands.
It certainly has the right team involved – The Gray Man is directed by The Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Endgame) and stars Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys), Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger ), Ana de Armas (Knives Out), Régé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade).
The prequel and sequel to The Gray Man: here’s what we know
Empire writes that The Gray Man prequel is to be written by Deadpool duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and will focus on the Lloyd Hansen character played by Evans.
Meanwhile, its sequel will be a simpler affair after Gosling’s Sierra Six character, and is “currently being portrayed” by regular Russo writer Stephen McFeely.
According to Netflix’s official synopsis, The Gray Man in the title refers to CIA agent Court Gentry (Gosling), aka Sierra Six, a “highly trained, Agency-sanctioned death dealer” who is now the target of Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a “former CIA sidekick who will stop at nothing to get him out”.
Given that Evans will be the headliner in the prequel and Gosling will star in the sequel, it now seems pretty obvious which CIA agent will win out in The Gray Man. Of course, we won’t know until the highly anticipated film drops on Netflix on July 22.
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