Ryan Gosling as a renegade hitman. Chris Evans in relentless sociopath villain mode. The directors and screenwriters of Avengers: Infinity War and End of Game. Netflix’s biggest blockbuster to date. Get ready for The gray man, the most explosive action film of this summer – a breathtaking cat-and-mouse thriller from the Russo Brothers, back in bullet-strewn and heart-pounding territory after devastating the box office with their epic series of Marvel movies. The chase is on.
The new number of Empire dive into the world-exclusive Russos’ star-studded spy spectacle, getting the full story of its propulsive plot, A-list ensemble (Gosling! Evans! Ana de Armas! Billy Bob Thornton! Regé-Jean Page!), and its potential to launch an expansive new spy saga. Inside, we talk to Ryan Gosling about his first big screen role in years, playing cornered assassin Courtland Gentry (aka Sierra Six) as he’s forced on the run; Chris Evans talks about leaving Captain America behind to play the gleefully sadistic Lloyd Hansen, the unstoppable enemy who stalks our hero; and the Russos discuss their mission to create a nonstop action-adventure that deconstructs and reconstructs the spy movie in new and surprising ways. Plus, all-new interviews with other cast and crew, and tons of never-before-seen footage from the film.
And that’s not all – The gray man kicks off our huge summer preview, packed with major exclusives from the most exciting motion pictures and small screens to come in the coming months. We are talking Thor: Love and Thunder with Taika Waititi, shaken with Elvistake off with Light yearFeel the Force with Ewan McGregor in a major novella Obi Wan Kenobi maintenance, powering up with Ms. Marvel as Kamala Khan finally enters the MCU, return to Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerand dive back into the belly of Baltimore in David Simon We own this town. It’s a stacked issue, filled with unmissable access to summer’s biggest and best adventures.
This month’s newsstand cover finds Gosling’s Six and Evans’ Lloyd (see that nasty ‘spot) ready for action.
And this month’s subscriber coverage is packed with references to summer’s most exciting movies and series, illustrated exclusively for Empire by Emile Holmwood. Think you can spot every reference? Then you could have a chance to win a copy of this work of art – go to the Empire Twitter feed and see our pinned Tweet for registration details.
The gray man problem of Empire on newsstands Thursday, May 12 – and you can pre-order a copy online here. The gray man arrives in UK cinemas from July 15 and streams on Netflix from July 22.