Chris Evans looks set to join Emily Blunt on the cast of upcoming Netflix film Pain Hustlers.
Pain Hustlers is being described by those in the know as being tonally similar to The Wolf of Wall Street and The Big Short. Emily Blunt will play Liza Drake, a high-school dropout who earns a fortune when she turns a failing pharmaceutical startup into big business, consequently catapulting herself into a criminal conspiracy.
Evans, best known for portraying famed comic book character Captain America across a multitude of Marvel Cinematic Universe box office hits, and who is currently in cinemas as Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s Lightyear, will play a role that has yet to be revealed.
David Yates, the director behind four Harry Potter films (including franchise-finales The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2) and the Fantastic Beasts spin-off film series, will direct Pain Hustlers. Short fiction author Wells Tower is writing the screenplay.
Wychwood Pictures and Grey Matters Productions will produce the film, with Cyrus Mojibi, Patrick Wade, Lawrence Kao and Lloyd Everard serving as co-producers. Lewis Taylor and Ben Everard will act as executive producers.
Chris Evans is already set to cross over to Netflix as the co-lead of The Gray Man, due for release on 15th July 2022. He will star opposite Ryan Gosling in the latest actioner from Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo. According to Deadline, Evans will re-sign with the streaming giants for Pain Hustlers in time for production in August.
Pain Hustlers was bought by Netflix for $50million at the 2022 Cannes International Film Festival marketplace. The streaming giants, who took a 200,000-plus drop in subscribers in the first quarter of 2022 have recently cut back on production as a cost-saving measure after billions were wiped off their stock price as a result of their subscriber loss. It is believed that Pain Hustlers will look to feature an A-List cast to headline a smaller distribution list, acting as one of the streamer’s headline exclusives in much the same way as the Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds-starrer Red Notice did in 2021 and the aforementioned The Gray Man has throughout 2022.
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