Variety has reported that Ryan Gosling will indeed be starring in The Fall Guy for Universal Pictures, which will be directed by Bullet Train‘s David Leitch. Production will begin in Sydney, Australia very soon.
The film is an adaptation of the TV series of the same name, starring Lee Majors, who played a stuntman moonlighting as a bounty hunter. Dwayne Johnson initially was cast as the main character, but backed out once the project stuck in development hell for a few years.
In a statement, Jeff LaPlante, Universal’s president of physical production, stated that “After a successful partnership on the studio’s production of ‘Ticket to Paradise’ in Queensland, Universal is thrilled to return to Australia and base in New South Wales for the highly-anticipated film, ‘The Fall Guy’”
Australia’s Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities, and Arts said the following in a statement: “We are pleased to welcome ‘The Fall Guy’ down under with $30 million ($21.1 million) in support from our highly successful Location Incentive, with the production to employ over 1,000 Australian cast and crew, and more than 3,015 Australian extras.”