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Ryan Reynolds to unite with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot for Red Notice

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Story by Jack Foley

RYAN Reynolds is teaming up with Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot for global heist thriller Red Notice.

Rawson Marshall Thurber is to direct the film, which recently switched from Universal Pictures to Netflix in a move that’s being viewed as a more ambitious approach to filmmaking by the streaming giant.

The story takes the form of an international action thriller focused around the pursuit of the most wanted art thief in the world. It will unfold across multiple countries.

Netflix has set a 2020 date for start of production, although no launch date has yet been confirmed.

Reynolds will be returning to Netflix having recently wrapped the Michael Bay-directed 6 Underground.

However, Red Notice will mark Johnson’s first big film vehicle to go into production for the streamer, which is also separately developing John Henry and the Statesman as a star vehicle for the actor.

Gadot will also be making her Netflix debut. She will shortly be seen reprising her role on the big screen in Wonder Woman.

Commenting on the new deal with Netflix, Johnson said in a statement: “With Red Notice, our goal at Seven Bucks Productions was to break down traditional barriers and create a true global event for the audience. Netflix has illustrated that they are the perfect partners to accomplish this goal.

“I admire the ambition of Netflix to become one of the biggest movie studios in the world. Their original content generates critical acclaim and invites full collaboration on every level of production. Their unbridled enthusiasm for Red Notice is equally matched by their commitment to entertaining audiences on an international scale.

“As the landscape of movies, distribution and audience consumption continues to evolve, our Seven Bucks focus is to continue to find the best platform and partners to thrive in this ever changing environment. Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot. The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries, all at the same moment.”

Thurber is no stranger to working with Johnson, having directed him in last year’s Skyscraper and the action-comedy Central Intelligence.