David Leitch’s The Fall Guy, an adaption of the old Lee Majors TV show, is crashing into a new release date. Initially slated for March 1, 2024, The Fall Guy’s release date has now been moved to May 3, 2024, a prime date recently vacated by Deadpool 3. The SAG-AFTRA strike impacted that latter movie, but it is still slated for a July 26, 2024, summer release.
While not initially planned as a summer blockbuster, The Fall Guy is the perfect way to kick off the season. It benefits from the fact that it will be Ryan Gosling’s first post-Barbie role, with that being the biggest hit of his career with a staggering $1.4 Billion worldwide gross. Many believe Gosling will be a Best Supporting Actor Oscar contender for playing Ken, with his comic performance universally praised.
The Fall Guy looks to be the perfect follow-up, with it an action flick with heavy doses of comedy worked in. Like in the TV show, Gosling plays a broken-down old stunt performer who dabbles in sleuthing. In the movie, his aging stuntman, Colt Seavers, is pressed into returning to the stunt world to double for a famous action star (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who’s gone missing from the set of his latest blockbuster. The movie is being directed by Seavers’ old flame, Emily Blunt’s Jody Moreno, and if the film dies – so does her career – spurring Colt into action.
Hannah Waddingham, Stephanie Hsu, and Winston Duke co-star, with ol’ Lee Majors himself apparently also turning up in a cameo. I saw a bunch of footage from this at CinemaCon last year, and it looked like a lot of fun. David Leitch’s Bullet Train was a solid hit for Sony, but The Fall Guy could be even bigger if it can capitalize on Gosling’s new Kennergy. With “I’m Just Ken” such a viral hit, perhaps they should channel the old TV show and have Gosling sing the theme song, just like Majors did back in the day.
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