Universal spent the big bucks to make sure they were all over the Super Bowl with new trailers (Twisters, Despicable Me 4, and Wicked already), and now you can add one more. The Fall Guy is based on the 1980s TV series that starred Lee Majors as a stuntman/bounty hunter, so it’s only fitting that it’s directed by ex-stuntman-turned-filmmaker David Leitch. This new version is led by Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, who look like they’re having a blast.
And why wouldn’t they? Leitch makes fun action flicks with a ton of humor, such as Bullet Train, Deadpool 2, and Hobbs & Shaw. In The Fall Guy, Gosling plays stuntman Colt Seavers, who is tasked with finding a missing Hollywood star and gets swept up in a conspiracy, all while trying to work on a film directed by his ex, played by Blunt.
Also in the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Winston Duke, Hannah Waddingham, Stephanie Hsu. The script was penned by Drew Pearce, known mainly for Iron Man 3.
Here’s the synopsis: Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling (Barbie, La La Land, Drive) stars as Colt Seavers, a battle-scarred stuntman who, having left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health, is drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie—being directed by his ex, Jody Moreno, played by Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer, A Quiet Place films, Sicario)—goes missing. While the film’s ruthless producer (Emmy winner Hannah Waddingham; Ted Lasso), maneuvers to keep the disappearance of star Tom Ryder (Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson; Bullet Train) a secret from the studio and the media, Colt performs the film’s most outrageous stunts while trying (with limited success) to charm his way back into Jody’s good graces. But as the mystery around the missing star deepens, Colt will find himself ensnared in a sinister, criminal plot that will push him to the edge of a fall more dangerous than any stunt.
The Fall Guy opens on May 3rd.