Netflix Delaying ‘The Gray Man’ Production Amid Surging California COVID-19 Cases
Dec 18, 2020 5:20pm PT
Netflix is delaying the start of production of the Chris Evans-Ryan Gosling thriller “The Gray Man” — which had been scheduled for mid-January — amid concerns about the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in California.
Netflix had no comment. Sources close to the production said Friday that the indefinite pause stems from an abundance of caution that’s driven by the relatively high numbers required to launch production at a time when California has seen record highs of new cases in recent days. Sets had been under construction in the Long Beach area of southern Los Angeles County.
The California State Film Commission announced in August that “Gray Man” had been selected for a $20 million production tax credit allocation in what was by far the largest amount unveiled among the $50 million in conditional allocations for nine film projects.
“The Gray Man,” announced in July, is based on a series of best-sellers from Mark Greaney. Gosling will portray an ex-CIA operative who becomes a killer for hire and is pursued by a former colleague, played by Evans. Joe and Anthony Russo are directing and producing through their AGBO company with a budget in the $200 million range, one of the biggest ever for a Netflix feature.
Joe Russo is the writer with a polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who are co-presidents of story at AGBO and the writers on “Avengers: Endgame” and “Avengers: Infinity Wars.” The film will be produced by AGBO’s Russo brothers and Mike Larocca, along with Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum for Roth Kirschenbaum.
Surging Virus Prompts Call to Halt In-Person TV and Film Production
SAG-AFTRA, the union representing 160,000 people who work in the industry, seeks a “temporary hold” in Los Angeles.
Officials from the groups calling for a pause — which also included a committee representing commercial advertisers and advertising agencies — said that they were encouraging their members to stay at home and not accept any on-set employment for several weeks. They noted that even workers who do not contract the virus put themselves at risk of becoming injured by stunts, falls or other mishaps, and that they could find it difficult to get treatment at hospitals.
“It is too hard to say right now when the situation may improve," said David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA.
The Producers Guild of America said in its own statement that it was encouraging everyone “to delay production until the county health officials indicate it’s safe to resume.”
Netflix Eyes Billy Bob Thornton & Alfre Woodard for ‘The Gray Man’
The Gray Man is one of Netflix’s biggest feature films to date with a huge $200M budget and future sequels already being mapped out. Now we’ve learned that the already impressive cast is set to be bolstered with Billy Thornton and Alfre Woodard.
Based on the novels by Mark Greaney, the action thriller is set to see two killers dueling it out around the globe. It’s being compared to the likes of James Bond and the Bourne Identity in scale and is being helmed by The Russo Brothers.
The Gray Man already boasts one of the most impressive casts Netflix has ever assembled include Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling in the leading roles as Lloyd Hansen and Court Gentry respectively. Jessica Henwick from Netflix’s Iron Fist and Wagner Moura from Narcos are also set to star with other names attached currently including Ana de Armas, Julia Butters, and Dhanush.
Now, we’re hearing two more names are set to soon join the cast with Alfre Woodard set to play Maurice Cahil and Billy Bob Thornton as Sir Donald Fitzroy. Neither actor has been confirmed by Netflix as of the time of publishing.
Billy Bob Thornton has been busy in recent years over at Amazon Studios on the show Goliath which will be returning for its fourth and final season in 2021. He’s perhaps more commonly known for his roles in movies such as Sling Blade, Armageddon, and the holiday comedies, Bad Santa.
Alfre Woodard has been in a myriad of films and television series over the past decade. Her recent TV credits include roles in See, Luke Cage and Empire whereas on the movie side, she’s perhaps best known for 12 Years a Slave and Star Trek: First Contact. Woodard also featured in the Netflix Original movie Juanita in 2019.
The sprawling production is set to be filmed from January 18th, 2021 in multiple locations including Los Angeles, Budapest, Thailand, and France. The movie will wrap some time in May 2021.
We should have confirmation of both castings in due course and we’ll keep you updated with all things The Gray Man right here on What’s on Netflix.
‘The Gray Man’ Starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans is Now Casting
The Gray Man (Movie) Cast, casting calls, auditions, and news you should know. Netflix is spending millions on a new thriller movie, ‘The Gray Man’, starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. According to reports, the movie’s budget is $200 million is based on a series of books by Mark Greaney. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ directors Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the movie with a script written by Joe and contributions by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus.
Netflix is planning on creating a film franchise around the movie. Ryan Gosling will play a former CIA agent, Court Gentry. Gentry is a freelance assassin who is being chased down by his former agency associate Lloyd Hansen, who is played by Chris Evans.
“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.
Netflix is planning on expanding its original content as the traditional movie theater experience becomes a distant memory due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Production on ‘The Gray Man’ is expected to start this January 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
The Gray Man Casting Call Principal Role (Thai DJ), ‘The Gray Man’
This could possibly be upgraded to a principal role!
All possible work dates are contingent upon clearing pre-employment Covid test(s).
Kimberly & Kristan are taking submissions for a feature film, The Gray Man directed by the Russo Brothers, Starring Ryan Gosling & Chris Evans, that will tentatively COVID Test on April 12, 2021, all dates for this project will work in Long Beach.
Production will then require you to quarantine/sequester in a production provided hotel room beginning 4/14 through the duration of filming, concluding 4/26.
Quarantine/Sequester days will be 4/14, 4/15, 4/16, 4/17 4/18 (you will be fit on one of these days).
Filming will be 4/19, 4/20 & 4/21 with additional quarantine/sequester days 4/22 & 4/23 to then film again 4/24, 4/25 & 4/26.
You will be paid the daily rate, plus per diem for each quarantine/sequester day. On work dates, you will be paid a per diem for any meals not on set.
You will be COVID Tested throughout this entire time.
Looking for ASIAN looking WOMEN & MEN to portray a Thai DJ (the feature is shooting to portray Thailand) Must be a real DJ with actual experience.