History tells us that more often than not, whacking two premium A-listers together in a film results in reasonable success.
The Rock + basically any human on Earth (every film he’s done), Jen An and Adam Sandler (Murder Mystery), Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling (The Nice Guys), Daniel Craig, Chris Evans etc. etc. (Knives Out).
I could go on, but you get the point.
And with Netflix, who have a seemingly never-ending reserve of cash to throw at various passion projects, no on-screen partnership is too large, hence why aforementioned good guys Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are coming together for upcoming thriller The Grey Man.
Now most of us would watch these two wash the dishes, but I’m told there is a plot, which is always a bonus.
The film is based on Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man series of books about Court Gentry (aka “The Grey Man”) who is an assassin, former CIA operative, and “a legend in the covert realm.” Gosling will play the titular assassin / former spy and Chris Evans will portray the villainous CIA agent tasked with hunting him down, with Avengers: Endgame masterminds Joe and Anthony Russo in the director’s chairs.
It’s been described as ‘Borne-like’ and apparently the hope is that the film will be franchised, and future plot lines and films will revolve around Gosling’s character.
Considering the fact that Netflix are pouring in over $200 million into this project – their most expensive movie yet – you’d image they’re hoping that the star-power of the two leads results in bums on seats – or streams, I guess.
“The intention is for it to be competitive with any theatrical, and the ability to do with with Gosling and Evans is a dream for us. The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie,” said Joe Russo in a statement to Deadline.
I’ll be honest; I have a dangerous amount of love for both of these men and a film starring the pair gets me borderline aroused.
I said borderline.
Seemingly done with pumping out true-crime shit 24/7, Netflix appear to be just throwing hunky men into upcoming projects and hoping for the best.
It’s not a bad strategy to be fair – the recent Zac Efron doc was a blast – not that I remember what it was really about….
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