The Gray Man, a blockbuster spy thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans and the biggest Netflix production to date at an estimated budget of $200 million, will begin production in Prague and surrounding areas of the Czech Republic at the end of this month. The film has been shooting in Los Angeles for roughly the past three months.
Prague production on The Gray Man will reportedly cover some of the film’s biggest action scenes. Filming is scheduled to take place in the Czech capital from June 27 to July 20, for a total of 24 shooting days.
Prague will play itself for at least some portions of the The Gray Man, and production will take place in the center of the city at exterior locations.
Scenes shot in Prague will also stand in for Vienna and other locales.
For one of the biggest scenes in the movie, Prague will stand in for Bangkok during the Songkran water festival, a yearly holiday in which residents and visitors douse each other with water throughout the streets of Thailand. A total of 800 extras who can pass as Thai are being sought for this scene alone, which will be filmed in early July.
The extensive cast of The Gray Man also features Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush, Regé-Jean Page, Julia Butters, Callan Mulvey, Eme Ikwuakor, Scott Haze, Michael Gandolfini, Sam Lerner, Robert Kazinsky, and DeObia Oparei.
While Gosling and Evans are all but confirmed to travel to the Czech Republic to shoot scenes for The Gray Man in Prague, other cast members may not. Local fans of Bridgerton heartthrob Page may be disappointed to learn the actor has reportedly already finished shooting his scenes.
The Gray Man is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who previously made MCU films including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The film is based on the 2009 novel The Gray Man by Mark Greaney, which is the first in a series starring the character played by Gosling, hinting at a potential franchise.
After filming in Prague, production on The Gray Man is expected to head to other locations in Europe including the historic Château de Chantilly in France as production wraps.
A release date for The Gray Man is still TBA, but the film could premiere on Netflix and in cinemas next summer should post-production run according to schedule.