Directed by the Russo brothers, The Gray Man is perhaps the most highly-anticipated Netflix Original film of the year. With a star-studded ensemble cast, namely Ryan Gosling, and Chris Evans. Ana de Armas and Rege-Jean Page among others, the film has garnered quite the buzz after releasing a slew of first-look photos.
Following a pretty bad start to the year with subscriber loss and flailing stock prices, Netflix is looking to cutting down on its expenditure, and cancel projects. However, it seems to have different plans for The Gray Man, which is its most expensive film to date.
Ahead of the release of this upcoming $200 million espionage action thriller, the streamer has decided to make it a Russo brothers trilogy with a prequel and a sequel.
The Gray Man will see Gosling as a CIA veteran, the titular Gray Man, who is betrayed by the agency and is on the run. He is pursued by another CIA operative named Llyod Hansen, played by Evans, who is tasked with hunting the titular Gray Man down. The film will also star actors like Billy Bob Thornton, Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Julia Butters, Eme Ikwuakor etc.
The prequel and sequel will be written by Deadpool screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
While fans are pretty pumped to see Evans sport a distinguished moustache in a never-before-seen villainous role, the prequel will most likely focus on Hansen’s character.
The sequel will, however, follow Gosling’s character trajectory and the story is “currently being outlined” by Captain America franchise writer Stephen McFeely, who also worked with Anthony and Joe Russo on Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Since Gosling will be seen in the sequel, it is pretty evident which CIA operative will emerge as the winner in The Gray Man.
While the Russo brothers also gear up for Extraction 2, The Gray Man is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on June 22nd, 2022.