Rediscover: The Gray Man

The Gray Man, a film based on the thriller by Mark Greaney, premieres on Netflix July 5. Ryan Gosling stars as CIA mercenary Court Gentry, whose discovery of agency secrets makes him a target for psychopathic former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) and other international assassins. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard and Billy Bob Thornton. The film was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and had a $200 million budget, the highest of any Netflix project. The trailer is available here.

Greaney's Gray Man series continues after the eponymous 2009 first novel with On Target (2010), Ballistic (2011), Dead Eye (2013), Back Blast (2016), Gunmetal Gray (2017), Agent in Place (2018), Mission Critical (2019), One Minute Out (2020) and Relentless (2021). The next entry, Sierra Six, comes out August 9, with another, Burner, due in early 2023. Greaney also collaborated with Tom Clancy on several of the late author's last books, then continued the Jack Ryan series after Clancy's death. A new standalone novel, Armored, which has already been acquired by Sony Pictures and producer Michael Bay, will be released July 5. A tie-in edition of The Gray Man will be available from Berkley on July 12 ($17). --Tobias Mutter

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