Netflix reveals first official footage from Prague-shot ‘The Gray Man’

Ryan Gosling takes an especially dangerous tram ride through Prague in the first officially-released footage for The Gray Man, which shot in Prague for about three weeks last summer and blocked off many areas of the city center.

About 15 seconds of footage from The Gray Man has been revealed in Netflix’s 2022 movie preview, a trailer featuring first-look scenes from other Netflix projects scheduled to release this year including The Adam Project, starring Ryan Reynolds and Mark Ruffalo, and Knives Out 2, with Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, and Ethan Hawke.

It’s an impressive lineup of films, but The Gray Man is the biggest of them all at a reported budget of $250 million, the most expensive original film that Netflix has produced to date.

The Gray Man is an international espionage thriller directed by Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, the team behind Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, and adapted from the novel by Mark Greaney, the first in a series.

Ryan Gosling stars in The Gray Man as Court Gentry, a CIA operative who is betrayed by his own country and becomes a fugitive across Europe and Asia. Chris Evans stars as Lloyd Hansen, a former colleague now hunting Gentry down.

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 also feature among The Gray Man’s extensive cast.

Prague not only played itself during filming for The Gray Man, but also stood in for a number of other international locales including Bangkok, Thailand. Filming took place in Prague’s city center as well as Průhonice, Smíchov, Žižkov, Holešovice, Karlín. Outside of Prague, filming also took place in Milovice nad Labem.

While The Gray Man was primarily shot in a Los Angeles studio, the footage glimpsed in the trailer is all about Prague as Gosling’s Court Gentry rides atop a tram barreling through the city center.

During filming of The Gray Man in Prague last year, locals had the opportunity to see the tram – a custom prop vehicle built for the film, and not an operational Prague tram – take an increasing amount of damage as scenes were shot throughout the city over the course of a few weeks.

The tram made its way down Dukelských hrdinů in Prague 7 before crossing the Vltava river to Prague 1 over Čechův most (Čech Bridge), and presumably hanging a right at Dvořákovo nábřezi and another at Revoluční before ending up in flames outside of Prague’s Municipal House at Náměstí Republiky.

This isn’t an actual route for a Prague tram, if the journey in The Gray Man follows its shooting order (it also appeared in scenes shot by the Rudolfinum, so the Prague continuity in the film may be broken). But you can partially recreate the trip yourself if you hop on a number 6 from Výstaviště to Náměstí Republiky. This journey takes a more direct route over Štefánikův most, a major thoroughfare that would have been impractical to close for filming.

A release date for The Gray Man on Netflix has yet to be specified, but look for it on the streaming platform at some point in 2022.

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Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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