The Gray Man has been unleashed in cinemas and we don't have too long to wait to see it land on Netflix.
The new movie from Avengers duo Anthony and Joe Russo is reported to be Netflix's biggest movie ever, with an all-star cast led by Ryan Gosling (his first movie in four years) and Chris Evans.
That'd be impressive enough, but The Gray Man also features all your favourites from James Bond, Bridgerton and more. Along with an official first look at the movie unveiled in late April 2022, the release date was confirmed for July and it's fast approaching.
The movie is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney and it could well kickstart a new franchise for the Russos – at least that is the plan. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here's everything you need to know about The Gray Man.
The Gray Man release date: When is The Gray Man released on Netflix?
The Gray Man is out now in select cinemas so if you just can't wait, you'll need to hunt down a screening. Given its imminent streaming release, you won't find it in any of the major chains in the UK (Cineworld, Odeon and Vue).
Luckily, there's not too long to wait to watch it in the comfort of your own home as The Gray Man arrives on Netflix on Friday, July 22. It'll be available to watch from 8am UK time, which would be midnight PT and 3am ET in the US.
The movie was shot from March to July 2021, with the European leg of the shoot taking place in Prague, Czech Republic and in France at the Château de Chantilly, a lavish 19th-century castle near Paris.
With the movie out in cinemas, the reviews have also been released and they're very mixed with it currently standing at 52% on Rotten Tomatoes. You'll soon be able to make up your own mind though to see if you agree.
The Gray Man cast: Who's in The Gray Man?
Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans lead the cast, with Gosling playing freelance assassin Court Gentry (AKA the titular Gray Man) who is better known as Sierra Six, an elite black ops mercenary.
Evans plays Lloyd Hansen, a former CIA agent who is sent to hunt down the Gray Man and takes on the role of the villain in the movie. According to Evans, it was the moustache that helped him find the villain.
"Certain characters just come to life through something simple, whether it's wardrobe or a prop. The second that we cut that moustache, I was like, 'Oh, there he is, there's this psycho'," he explained.
"The freakiest thing about working on a Russo set is that the standards are so insanely high for everyone in every department that they don't police you through stuff," Page said of his work on the movie.
"They're like, 'Here's this insanely difficult thing; do it.' And then they just expect you to be able to do it, because they don't hire folks who can't."
Page plays CIA Group Chief Denny Carmichael who sends Lloyd after Six, while de Armas plays CIA agent Dani Miranda who ends up reluctantly teaming up with Six in order to help him survive.
Billy Bob Thornton is playing Six's former handler Donald Fitzroy, while Jessica Henwick appears as Suzanne Brewer, Deputy Group Chief at the CIA who works with Carmichael.
"I know Russos love villains who you can empathise with. We really wanted to humanise her. Especially because you have these really loud characters on either side, and she's quiet and stressed for a lot of the film," Henwick said of her character.
"Then when she explodes, it feels so warranted. And even though she does something that we perhaps don't like, we completely understand what led her to that point and she feels very human and relatable."
The Gray Man trailer: Watch The Gray Man trailer here!
Netflix released the trailer for The Gray Man in May 2022 to give us our best look yet at the globe-trotting and explosive adventures in store.
If you missed it above, check it out below:
The Gray Man plot: What's The Gray Man about?
Even though it's based on Mark Greaney's book, The Gray Man mostly just takes the concept of it (Six being hunted by Lloyd) and spins its own story.
"The Gray Man is CIA operative Court Gentry, aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy, Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death," the synopsis reads.
"But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen, a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda has his back. He'll need it."
Teasing his new action hero, Gosling told Empire that he's not so different from the rest of us. "What I liked about this character is that he wants something that most of us want, which is just to be free," he explained.
"His goals aren't monetary, it's not about treasure, it's not revenge. He just wants to have the right to sit on the couch and watch Netflix like the rest of us."
There are currently 10 books in Mark Greaney's series and we already know that the Russos have the aim to turn The Gray Man into an MCU-esque series, with Gosling returning for future movies.
"What we're doing on Gray Man that's different [is]… we're not gonna answer every question in the first movie," explained Joe Russo.
"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. So you're gonna finish the movie [and] have a complete story, but you're still gonna have questions about the wider universe."
Of course, it'll depend on if The Gray Man is enough of a hit for Netflix to justify future movies and if it is, it doesn't mean that the Russos will do every movie as they added they'd "love to bring new voices in".
Watch this space, basically.
The Gray Man is out now in select cinemas and is released on Netflix on July 22.