The Gray Man, a globe-trotting drama about a CIA operative who inadvertently triggers a manhunt. Adapted from Mark Greaney’s book series, it’s the first big-budget blockbuster the Russos have directed since they demolished box office records with Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. It’s set to bow in theaters July 15 before heading to Netflix on July 22, and it boasts an impressively starry cast that includes Ryan, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. It also might be Netflix’s most ambitious film yet: a planned franchise starter with a reported budget of $200 million, making it one of the priciest original films in the streaming service’s history. “We’re big fans of the spy genre, and we’re always looking for ways of how to twist it, or supercharge it, or push it into areas that feel fresh,” Anthony Russo tells EW. “There was a great idea at the center of this book, where it’s not just about being a spy, but being the most extreme version of one, where you have to hide your own identity — and yourself.”


Although The Gray Man may not be a superhero movie, the Russos say the cast still worked hard to get into superhero shape. Gosling in particular threw himself into his new workout regimen, and the two brothers laugh as they remember ordering takeout for lunch, while Gosling sat next to them and picked at his sad low-calorie meals. “It goes back to the Italian thing,” Anthony says, laughing. “We like to eat. We like to eat well.” “And we like pizza,” Joe adds. “We would feel very guilty because Ryan was basically eating a very restricted diet for a long time, and there’s us, who are just indulging, indulging, indulging,” Anthony explains. “I remember he finally got to the point where we were about a week away from the end of the shoot, and Joe and I were having some great pizza brought to set. Ryan was just like, ‘You know what? Today I’m having some of that damn pizza.’ And he did, and he was very happy.”

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