Ryan Gosling in Netflix’s The Gray Man

The Gray Man: Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans face off in the new action-packed teaser for Netflix’s spy thriller

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Spy thriller The Gray Man is set to be Netflix’s biggest-budget feature film yet, and a new action-packed teaser proves the hunt is well and truly underway.

It’s Ryan Gosling vs. Chris Evans in one of the biggest spy thrillers of the summer, and ahead of the release of Netflix’s highly anticipated movie The Gray Man later this month, we’ve just got a new action-packed teaser.

In a clip posted to the official Russo Brothers Twitter account, Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo shared an explosive new teaser complete with car chases, plane crashes, fireworks and Gosling and Evans squaring up for a fight. Take a look:

The Gray Man is expected to be the biggest-budget feature film in Netflix’s history, costing upward of $200 million, and promising all the mystery, intrigue and heart-racing action of a classic spy thriller.

In details released so far we know this much: Gosling plays The Gray Man and Chris Evans is his psychopathic adversary in the thriller directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, starring Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura and Alfre Woodard and based on the novel The Gray Man by Mark Greaney.

Also if you have been wondering what Bridgerton’s dashing Duke of Hastings has been up to then keep an eye out for Regé-Jean Page in the trailer too. Turning his hand at a high octane thriller from the directors of Avengers: Endgame, Page can be spotted briefly amongst the seriously starry Gray Man cast. 

Here’s everything we know about the slick new thriller so far …

The Gray Man poster

The upcoming film stars Gosling as Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, a freelance assassin and former CIA operative who was once a once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death.

“But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has his back. He’ll need it.”

Ryan Gosling in Netflix’s The Gray Man
Ryan Gosling in Netflix’s The Gray Man

While much remains unknown about de Armas’ character, a synopsis for the film reveals her name to be Agent Dani Miranda. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Joe Russo described Dani as an ally and a “responsible agent” who’s deeply loyal to her job at the CIA. Together, she and Six have to figure out whether they can trust one another.

“These are spies, and they’re trained liars,” director Joe Russo added. “They know how to lie very effectively. That was a wonderful process to work through with both Ana and Ryan.”

Ana de Armas in Netflix’s The Gray Man
Ana de Armas in Netflix’s The Gray Man

And who, exactly, Page will play is also being kept somewhat under wraps. Netflix’s images show him sitting pensively in a dark room, dressed in a sharp suit, and he has a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the new trailer (below) so we can hazard a guess that he’s an agent of some kind. But which side will he fall on: the hunters or the prey?

Netflix’s The Gray Man: Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page’s new spy thriller is a seriously star-studded affair
Regé-Jean Page will next be on our screens in Netflix spy thriller The Gray Man.

What is The Gray Man about?

Based on the debut novel by Mark Greaney, The Gray Man follows the story of freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry (Gosling). According to Deadline, the film will see Gentry “hunted across the globe” by a former CIA cohort Lloyd Hansen (Evans), who wants him dead.

As the IMDb synopsis for the film reads: “In Europe, a CIA operative-turned-assassin looks to evade mysterious forces as he tries to save the lives of the daughters who don’t know he exists.” 

The new trailer promises some great scenes and serious chemistry between Gosling and Evans. 

The cover of Mark Greaney's The Gray Man
The Gray Man is based on the 2014 thriller of the same name by Mark Greaney.

Although we don’t know how closely the film will follow the book, we do know that Mark Greaney’s Gray Man series consists of nine books (with a tenth due out later this year), so it’s possible that the film might bring in references from the later titles and/or get several sequels if it ends up being a hit.

Ryan Gosling in Netflix’s The Gray Man
Ryan Gosling in Netflix’s The Gray Man

At the CCXP Worlds panel, the Russo brothers also teased how this could be the beginning of a new franchise.

“This is being conceived as a series of films, and again, potentially branching out, we could follow other characters, but we’re not gonna answer every question in the movie,” they said.

“So you’re gonna finish the movie [and] have a complete story, but you’re still gonna have questions about the wider universe.”

Who is in the cast for The Gray Man?

The cast for The Gray Man is, quite simply, next level. 

As we’ve already mentioned, Gosling and Evans will play Gentry and Hansen respectively, with Alfre Woodard set to play Maurice Cahill, an old friend of Gosling’s character.  

Other members of the cast include Page (who is also set to star in the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons film), Knives Out and No Time To Die star De Armas and Game Of Thrones’ Jessica Henwick plus Billy Bob Thornton, Dhanush and Wagner Moura. 

Reacting to the news of his casting on his Instagram, Page reposted several news articles alongside various ‘mind blown’ emojis, so it’s safe to say he’s feeling pretty excited about his new role.

Is there a trailer for The Gray Man?

Yes! The first trailer dropped 24 May and so far, we are liking what we see. Check it out below. 

When will The Gray Man be released?

The Gray Man is confirmed to arrive in cinemas on 15 July and on Netflix on 22 July, so there’s not long to go. We can’t wait for the electric ensemble cast to light up our screens.

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