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Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’ Star Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton And Alfre Woodard Join Ryan Gosling In The Russo Brothers’ ‘The Gray Man’ For Netflix and AGBO

EXCLUSIVE: Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard and Bridgerton breakout star Regé-Jean Page have rounded out cast of the Russo Brothers’ The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana De Armas. Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush and Julia Butters are also on board.

Joe and Anthony Russo have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package went back on the market over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and set Gosling and Evans to star. The Gray Man will be the biggest-budget feature film in Netflix’s history.

The production is starting in two weeks in Los Angeles. The film is a piece of the strong partnership Netflix and AGBO have garnered in the past year starting with Extraction, which premiered last April to some of the biggest viewing numbers in streamer history. They also worked on the critically acclaimed Mosul, which bowed in November on Netflix.

The Russos penned the script, with a recent polish by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The Russos and Mike Larocca will produce on behalf of AGBO along with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Chris Castaldi through their Roth Kirschenbaum banner.

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The Gray Man 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 action thriller will follow 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 book series.

Thornton recently wrapped production on the fourth season of his Amazon series Goliath.was He also recently seen in the Sam Taylor-Johnson drama A Million Little Pieces. He is repped by WME, Media Talent Group and Myman Greenspan.

Page is best known for his breakout role in the Netflix series Bridgerton, which earned him a SAG and an NAACP Image Award noms for his individual performance, and recently signed on to star in the Paramount’s untitled Dungeons & Dragons pic. He also appeared in the Amazon pic Sylvie’s Love. He is repped by CAA, Mosaic, The Artists Partnership and Ziffren Brittenham.

Woodard recently received rave reviews for the drama Clemency. She can be seen next in Sony’s Fatherhood opposite Kevin Hart. She is repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion and Gochman Law.

The Russos and AGBO’s next film Cherry stars Tom Holland and bows March 12 on Apple TV+. They are repped by CAA.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

British Vogue: Who Will Be The Next James Bond?

The hype comes in waves and then resides again, but until we have a definitive announcement, the rumour mill will keep churning out potential answers to the movie world’s most pressing question: who will be the next James Bond? Numerous names have been thrown into the mix to succeed Daniel Craig in the role — from A-list actors expressing an interest to rising stars with fervent followings. And of course, there is always the tantalising prospect of Craig’s replacement being female…

Here, we chart the contenders — both plausible and left-field — who could step into the famous spy’s tuxedo to become the next James Bond once Craig’s last outing as 007 in No Time to Die is finally released.

Regé-Jean Page
Most recently, the internet’s hopes have fallen on the shoulders of Bridgerton’s gallant leading man. “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown, that people regard well, then people start saying the ‘B’ word,” the actor has said of the rumours. “It’s like a merit badge… I’m glad to have the badge, I’m glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge, but it’s a badge.” Sounds quite like 007-esque pragmatism, if you ask us.

Read more here.

Source: Vogue UK

Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page Joins ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

Regé-Jean Page is going from the Regency-era romance of Shonda Rhimes’s wildly popular Bridgerton on Netflix to the sword-wielding, role-playing action of Paramount’s forthcoming movie adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons. The actor has been cast in a leading role in the movie based on the iconic game franchise from Wizards of the Coast. Page will join previously announced cast Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Justice Smith

Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will direct and write the script based on a draft by Michael Gilio. Dungeons & Dragons is a leading fantasy entertainment franchise which is fueled by the imagination of storytellers around the world. The role playing game has been around for 46 years and more than 40 million fans have interacted with or played D&D. The franchise also includes videogames and livestream entertainment on Twitch and YouTube.

Jeremy Latcham is producing through his deal with studio eOne, Hasbro’s entertainment arm. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner is also producing. Hasbro/eOne and Paramount are jointly producing and financing, with eOne distributing in the UK and Canada, and Paramount distributing to the rest of world.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Deadline: ‘Bridgerton’ Creator On Whether Regé-Jean Page & Phoebe Dynevor Will Be Back In Season 2

Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen and Netflix this morning announced an official Season 2 renewal for the sweeping Regency romance series.

In an interview on Today with Hoda and Jenna, Van Dusen also confirmed that Season 2 will chronicle the marriage pursuits of the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, played by Jonathan Bailey, as depicted in the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

The shift in emphasis raises questions about the future on the Season 1 romantic leads, Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor. Their characters’ arc was wrapped up nicely at the end of Season 1, which was based on the first book in Quinn’s series, The Duke and I. It centered on the complicated romance between the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne (Dynevor), and the Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett (Page).

“I hope so,” Van Dusen said when asked whether Page and Dynevor’s characters will be back next season. “They are now of course the Duke and Duchess of Hastings but in my mind they will always be Bridgertons and I think they will always be part of the show.”

Dynevor shared with Deadline last week that she was in the dark about her future on the show.

“I genuinely have no idea what they’re going to do with the second season, but I imagine if they’re following the books, then it would be Anthony’s journey,” she said. “I’m sure Daphne will end up getting involved. But yeah, I do wonder what it looks like. I’m excited to find out.”

Van Dusen confirmed that production on Season 2 starts in late spring in London for what is believed to be a six-month shoot.

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Radio Times: Bridgerton director backs Rege-Jean Page for next James Bond

One of the series’ breakout stars has been linked with the high-profile role

Since its arrival on Netflix on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has proved a monumental hit with viewers – and so it’s no surprise that a few of the Bridgerton cast‘s breakout stars are already being linked to some high profile roles.

One of those stars is Simon Basset actor Regé-Jean Page, who is already being mentioned as a possible future James Bond, and Bridgerton director Julie Anne Robinson has now thrown her weight behind those suggestions.

Robinson revealed to Deadline that she had been pleasantly surprised by Page’s performance in the series, saying he’d even surpassed some of her expectations.

“It’s interesting about Regé, I hope he is not offended by this but I never saw him as a sex symbol,” she said. “I always saw him as a serious actor, very committed, a caring professional.

“And now look at him, I mean, goodness me. It’s incredible, I hope he is the next James Bond.

Of course, Page is just the latest in a long line of actors to be linked with the 007 role, which will be vacated by Daniel Craig when the upcoming (and long-delayed) 25th Bond film No Time To Die is eventually released.

And for his part, Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page seems to be enjoying the James Bond rumours, which he discussed with Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on his show last week.

“I think the internet thinks a lot of things, and that’s one of the more pleasant ones, so I’m pleased as far as that goes,” he said.

But he was also quick to point out there was nothing in the rumours at this stage, theorising that he was only being mentioned as a possibility because of his nationality.

“I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here,” he continued. “If you’re a Brit and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the B-word. It’s like a merit badge. You get the B-word merit badge.

“But I don’t think it’s much more than that. I’m glad to have the badge, I’m glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge, but it’s a badge.”

Source: RadioTimes