- The star-studded biggest-budget action-thriller also stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, among others.
Tamil superstar Dhanush has joined the cast of director duo Anthony and Joe Russo’s new Netflix film “The Gray Man.” Announcing the news on Twitter, Dhanush wrote: “Elated to announce that I will be joining the team of Netflix’s ‘The Gray Man’ starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, directed by The Russo Brothers (‘Avengers’, ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’). Looking forward to being a part of this wonderful action experience. My sincere thanks to my dearest fans from all over the world for all the love and support you have been showing me throughout these years.” Dhanush is married to Aishwarya, the elder daughter of mega star Rajinikanth.
The star-studded action-thriller is billed as the biggest-budget film in the streaming giant’s history on the feature side. Deadline reports that “the Russos penned the script with a recent polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film will be produced by the Russos along with Mike Larocca on behalf of AGBO along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.
The film is based on the debut novel by Mark Greaney, published in 2009 by Jove Books. It also is the first novel to feature the Gray Man, freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry. The Gray Man follows Gentry (Gosling) as he’s hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA. The film is based on the first installment of the series.
While “The Gray Man” is the biggest movie of Dhanush’s career, it’s not his first international project. He was previously seen in Ken Scot’s “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” adapted from a novel by the French writer Romain Puértolas. The film revolves around Ajatashatru Lavash Patel (Dhanush) who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighborhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure.
The film received favorable reviews and Dhanush’s performance was appreciated. “The New York Times called it a “bustling stylistic mix,” while the Los Angeles Times said the “film paints a sympathetic, humanizing picture of those fleeing war and poverty only to face bureaucratic or political hurdles at their intended havens.” Lauding Dhanush and Moriarty’s chemistry, the review said “viewers may wish the romance had a greater presence, but “Fakir” ends up being funny, entertaining and positive.”
Meanwhile in India, Dhanush currently has nearly half a dozen projects in his pipeline. He is awaiting the release of “Karthik Subbaraj ” directed by Jagame Thandiram. He recently completed shooting for Mari Selvaraj’s “Karnan.” other projects include films with directors Karthick Naren and Ram Kumar in the offing apart from Anand L Rai’s “Atrangi Re.”