Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans to star in Netflix’s highest ever budget film

Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to star in The Gray Man, Netflix’s most financially ambitious film project to date.The production company has allocated a budget of over $200 million (£160 million) to the film, an action thriller directed by AGBO …

Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are set to star in The Gray Man, Netflix’s most financially ambitious film project to date.

The production company has allocated a budget of over $200 million (£160 million) to the film, an action thriller directed by AGBO brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, creators of Avengers: Endgame.

Hinting at the flick’s intelligence operative plotline, Anthony Russo told Deadline: “The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do.”

The Gray Man is based on a series of novels by Mark Greaney, indicating Netflix wish to pursue a James Bond-like franchise from the story.

Joe Russo commented on the film’s scope and budget, saying: “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 (Gosling) at the center of it.”

Noting that there is pressure on the first movie, to ‘be great to get us to the second movie’, Joe continued: “These are master assassins, and Gosling’s characters gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down.

Filming on The Gray Man is likely to commence in January.

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Leigh Whannell in talks to direct Ryan Gosling’s horror Wolfman

Leigh Whannell is reportedly in negotiations to direct the upcoming horror Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling.The filmmaker, who helmed The Invisible Man earlier this year, is also set to write the story for the film, which is inspired by the classic 1941 …

Leigh Whannell is reportedly in negotiations to direct the upcoming horror Wolfman, starring Ryan Gosling.

The filmmaker, who helmed The Invisible Man earlier this year, is also set to write the story for the film, which is inspired by the classic 1941 werewolf flick.

Gosling was already confirmed to star in the Universal horror, and while Whannell and the La La Land star have wanted to work together for years, the director originally passed when offered the Wolfman gig, according to Deadline.

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, best known for producing low-budget horror films, such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and the Oscar-winning Get Out, has also joined the project.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s been reported that Gosling will play a news anchorman who becomes infected and transforms into a terrifying werewolf.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the script, written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, has been inspired by the 1976 satire Network and 2014 thriller Nightcrawler.

Universal have been revamping their classic monster stories from the 1920s and 1950s, beginning with The Mummy in 2017, which despite starring Tom Cruise, was a box office flop and mauled by critics.

However, The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss and released in February, grossed more than $124 million (£98 million) at the worldwide box office, even though it was released just weeks before cinemas around the world shut due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Other movies being rebooted by the studio include Paul Feig’s monster movie Dark Army and Renfield, which follows Dracula’s henchman, and will be directed by Dexter Fletcher.

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Chris Evans was devasted after losing Fracture role to Ryan Gosling

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle …

Chris Evans was left devastated after losing out on the leading role in Fracture to Ryan Gosling.

The 2007 legal thriller follows the trial of Theodore Crawford, played by Anthony Hopkins, who killed his wife over her infidelity and engages in a battle of wits in court against young assistant district attorney, William ‘Willy’ Beachum.

But in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Evans admitted that he had “never had a better audition in my life” when he was being considered for the part and was naturally quite stunned when he was pipped to the role by Gosling.

“I hate auditioning. I despise it. I think most actors do, but I got that one and knocked it right out. And it was so great and I had such a great rapport with the director and really felt like it was coming my way,” he explained.

The Captain America star then confessed he was excited about the possibility of working with Hopkins on the drama, and hoped that he might be taken seriously in Hollywood after his previous roles in Fantastic Four and Not Another Teen Movie.

“Anthony Hopkins was already attached and you really think, ‘This is another one of those moments where I might be able to turn a corner.’ And to lose that one… obviously, Ryan, if you’re going to lose to someone, lose to Ryan,” the 38-year-old quipped. “But it was just one of those things where you think, ‘Man, this is tough.’”

Evans was most recently seen onscreen in TV miniseries Defending Jacob and is rumoured to have landed the role of Orin Scrivello in the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct Ryan Gosling’s space movie

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referr…

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in a new space movie.

Back in March, it was reported that the La La Land actor would be appearing in the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s upcoming untitled novel, which is being referred to as Project Hail Mary, and now it has been revealed that he will be directed by the filmmaking duo.

According to Variety, the pair will also produce the project alongside Aditya Sood, from their production banner, Gosling, Ken Kao, and Amy Pascal. The latter has a long-running relationship with Lord and Miller, with them winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar together for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse last year, and this bond helped with getting the manuscript in their hands.

Sources told the publication that the First Man star lobbied studio executives at MGM to hire Lord and Miller, but they had just signed a new deal with Universal. However, after discussions, Universal gave MGM their blessing for the project to move forward with the filmmakers.

“All of us at MGM are incredibly excited by this literal dream team coming together around Andy’s astounding novel. With their masterful ability to balance drama, action, and humour, Phil and Chris are the perfect filmmakers to take on this unique material and we are thrilled to have them partner with Ryan, Ken, Andy, Amy and Aditya to bring this movie to life for big screens everywhere,” said MGM’s Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy in a statement.

Weir’s upcoming novel, which is set to be published by Random House in spring 2021, will reportedly be a solitary tale of an astronaut on a space ship who is tasked with saving the planet.

The author’s 2011 novel, The Martian, was adapted into a Golden Globe-winning film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon in 2015.

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Ana de Armas ‘shook with nerves’ before audition with Ryan Gosling

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original. However, in an interview for the l…

Ana de Armas experienced some serious jitters before she auditioned alongside Ryan Gosling for Blade Runner 2049.

The Cuban actress appeared as Joi in Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sci-fi film, a sequel to the 1982 original.

However, in an interview for the latest issue of American Airlines’ in-flight magazine, American Way, Ana recalled how daunting she found the audition experience.

“Hell yes, I was nervous,” he laughed, noting that she didn’t get to meet Ryan, who played K, until her third callback. “The third time, I knew he would be there. I was shaking so badly.”

And the final audition was to gauge the romantic tension between the two actors, adding an extra element of pressure.

“They put you in a room together and make you read things, to see how your chemistry is. I wish I had the tape of that meeting,” the 31-year-old smiled.

And Ryan isn’t the only handsome actor that Ana has had the pleasure to work with. In November, she will star in No Time to Die, the latest film in the James Bond franchise, alongside Daniel Craig.

The star was offered a spot in the spy flick before the script was even confirmed – something that surprised her.

“Bond girls have been portrayed for so many years with a specific type of woman. I associate it with some sort of perfection and beauty standards beyond the normal. Things that I didn’t match… Usually these women, they need to be rescued. Or they die. Or are evil,” she commented, before adding that she was convinced to take on the project when the writers assured her that the character of Paloma would be a CIA agent who assists 007.

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Ryan Gosling to produce and star in Project Hail Mary

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in neg…

Ryan Gosling is preparing to head into space once more to tackle the big-screen adaptation of upcoming astronaut novel Project Hail Mary.

The book, written by Andy Weir, won’t be published until next spring, but studio bosses at MGM are currently in negotiations to seal the film rights to the project, which Gosling will both star in and produce, according to editors at Deadline.

Project Hail Mary follows the tale of a solitary astronaut on a space ship who is assigned a mission to save Earth.

Gosling, 39, will produce Project Hail Mary alongside Ken Kao, who previously served as executive producer on Best Picture nominee The Favourite.

Weir’s first novel, which was self-published in 2011, was The Martian, which told the tale of an American astronaut stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035. It was adapted into a critically-acclaimed blockbuster by Ridley Scott in 2015 and starred Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels. The Martian went on to land seven Academy Award nominations and grossed more than $630 million (£510 million) worldwide.

Two-time Oscar nominee Gosling last appeared on the big screen in 2018, portraying Neil Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s biographical drama First Man. The movie, which also starred Claire Foy, Jason Clarke and Kyle Chandler, documented the years leading up to the astronaut’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969 with Buzz Aldrin.

Weir’s second novel, Artemis, was published in 2017, and Fox News Regency bought the rights, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller attached to direct. The story follows a woman named Jazz, who feels constrained by her small town of Artemis, which is a city located on the moon.

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Eva Mendes open to reuniting with Will Smith on Hitch sequel

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith. But…

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.

In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith.

But during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mendes was shocked to discover that it’s been 15 years since the popular flick was released.

“You’re kidding? Oh my God. What the hell? You know what? It’s time for a Hitch 2. Will, let’s do this. Hitch 2,” she exclaimed, before adding that she has an idea for a potential plot for the movie involving Hitch losing his job as he’s forced to compete with modern technology. “It’d be in the world of all these dating apps. What would Hitch do? He’d be out of a job.”

Mendes, who shares daughters Esmeralda, five, and three-year-old Amada with partner Ryan Gosling, has taken a step back from Hollywood since becoming a mother.

Parenthood has greatly affected the types of roles she’d go for, and the star refuses to appear in any movie that has violence or sexual scenes.

“Acting is something that I will always love. It’s just like now that I have children, I’m kind of extreme,” the 45-year-old explained. “There’s just so many things I won’t do. Like I won’t do most of the movies I’ve done in the past. A lot of things are off that list.

“So, I’m basically like, ‘Disney, I’m all yours, Disney. That’s all that’s left!”

While she’s not plotting her return to the big screen just yet, Mendes is onboard with the idea of being a Disney villain, not a princess.

“I’m more of the Ursula type. I like the villains of the Disney movies,” she admitted. “They’re fun.”

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Denis Villeneuve wants to make another Blade Runner movie

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de A…

Denis Villeneuve would like to make another film set in the Blade Runner universe.

In the 2017, 35 years after the release of the original Blade Runner, the Arrival filmmaker released Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and Ana de Armas.

While the sci-fi sequel was a hit with the critics, it was a box office disappointment and fell much shorter than projections.

However, Villeneuve hasn’t been put off by the experience and would be keen to explore that universe further, although he would prefer to make an “unconnected” film rather than a direct follow-up.

“It’s such an inspiring place, the Blade Runner world,” he told Empire magazine. “The problem I have is the word ‘sequel’. I think cinema needs original stories. But if you ask me if I’d like to revisit this universe in a different way, I can say yes. It would need to be a project on its own. Something disconnected from both other movies. A detective noir story set in the future… I wake up sometimes in the night dreaming about it.”

The French-Canadian director, who is currently finishing up his remake of Dune, previously shared that he was confused about why the positive reviews didn’t translate to better box offices sales with Blade Runner 2049, which had a running time of two hours and 44 minutes.

“We had the best (critics’ reviews). I’ve never had a movie welcomed like that. At the same time, the box office in the United States was a disappointment, that’s true, because those movies are expensive. It will still make tonnes of money, but not enough,” the 52-year-old told Yahoo. “I think because maybe people were not familiar enough with the universe. And the fact that the movie’s long. I don’t know. It’s still a mystery to me. I make movies – I don’t sell them.”

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Eva Mendes wishes daughters would mix up Halloween costumes

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her dau…

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are trying to get their daughters to mix up their Halloween costumes because they want to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz every year.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Hitch actress revealed that her daughters Esmeralda, five, and Amada, three, are obsessed with the 1939 movie classic and always want to dress up as the lead character for the spooky holiday, even though she and Ryan try to encourage them to put a Halloween spin on their costumes.

“They’re constantly dressing up and our kids are obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy, so they’ve been Dorothy every year,” Mendes told Clarkson. “We’re like, ‘Maybe we could do a bloody Dorothy?’ Like, ‘I can just put some blood on you or something! ‘Cause really? Dorothy again?'”

The 45-year-old did admit that it was “financially great,” and that her children are happy to wear non-Dorothy costumes when it’s not Halloween.

“They’ll get a Halloween costume that we have hanging out and they’ll wear that with pyjama pants and a headband, and it’s so cool,” the star shared. “It’s just such a freedom.”

The singer and talk show host then said she wished her five-year-old daughter River Rose would pick the same thing every year because she is constantly changing her mind about what character she wants to be.

“What my daughter did was tell me she wanted to be (literary character) Princess in Black, we’re reading these books. There is no costume for that, I had to make it happen and put it together with all of my free time and then she was like, ‘Never mind, I want to be Anna (from Frozen),’ and then I get Anna and she’s like, ‘I don’t know, Wonder Woman?’ and I’m like, ‘You’re gonna wear it!'” she joked. “My daughter changes her mind all the time… I would love it if she wanted to be Dorothy every Halloween.”

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Ryan Gosling ‘in awe’ of partner Eva Mendes’s clothing collection

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her…

Ryan Gosling is “always in awe” of the amount of work his partner Eva Mendes puts into her clothing collection.

The Hitch star has been designing with American label New York & Company for six years, and she has now sweetly revealed that her beau is her biggest fan.

“Ryan is incredibly supportive and he’s always in awe,” Mendes told People, before adding that the Oscar-nominated actor has already picked out his favourite pieces from her recent collection.

“He’s been loving the pants I’ve been doing,” she shared. “I’ve been getting into pants more, especially soft pants like joggers.”

Gosling also has to remind Mendes of all the hard work she puts into designing each of the pieces in the Eva Mendes Collection.

“He makes me realise that (making the collection) is actually a lot of work,” the 45-year-old said. “I have so much fun doing it, that I don’t really realise.”

Mendes is constantly inspired by the women in her family and confessed that an old photograph of her mother in the 1980s directly influenced the creation of a silk blouse and matching trousers for her latest line.

“Ryan’s mom, Ryan’s sister, my mom, my sisters, my grandma are all my fashion guinea pigs,” the mother-of-two continued. “Nobody is going to be more honest than family, and our family is very honest. It’s something I really appreciate because when designing something, you need real feedback.

“And then of course when you see your family in one of your dresses, your creations, it’s beautiful, because you know they’re not doing you any favours.”

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