Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt are showcasing their action-hero prowess in The Fall Guy, an action-comedy that draws inspiration from the 1980s CBS series of the same name. Directed by David Leitch, known for his work on Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2, the film follows the story of Hollywood stuntman Colt Seavers (played by Gosling), who is enlisted by his former flame Jody Moreno (portrayed by Blunt) to assist in the filming of an explosive sci-fi-Western. As revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair, Leitch brought his own experience as a stuntman – working with actors such as Matt Damon and Brad Pitt – to the production. Despite the availability of CGI in modern cinema, Leitch made a conscious effort to pay homage to traditional stunts and the hardworking crews responsible for bringing movies to life.
This included performing old-school high falls using airbags, attempting daring car jumps and rolls. The film's trailer offers a glimpse of the death-defying stunts, as well as the rest of the star-studded cast. Winston Duke portrays the movie-within-a-movie's stunt coordinator, Hannah Waddingham plays the smarmy producer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson takes on the role of the cocky leading man who mysteriously disappears, and Stephanie Hsu portrays his beleaguered assistant. Blunt's character is a former camera operator who seizes the opportunity to direct the sci-fi-Western production, while Gosling's character, hired to find the missing star, is fueled by their past romance. Leitch commends Gosling's versatility as an actor, stating that The Fall Guy allows him to showcase his skills in action, romance, and comedy all at once. Throughout the filming process, multiple stunt performers, including driving specialist Logan Holladay, fighter Justin Eaton, and “the core double” Ben Jenkins, stood in for Gosling. They executed various stunts such as being hit by cars and jumping over fences. Troy Brown even performed a 150-foot fall.
Leitch acknowledges the potential risks involved in such stunts but expresses confidence in his team's ability to execute them safely. The screenplay for The Fall Guy was written by Drew Pearce, who previously collaborated with Leitch on the Fast & Furious franchise spin-off Hobbs & Shaw. The film also features a new rendition of the original TV series' theme song, performed by Blake Shelton. The Fall Guy is set to be released in theaters on March 1. Stay up-to-date with all the latest news and stories by signing up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter. From juicy celebrity gossip to compelling human interest stories, you won't miss a thing. In conclusion, The Fall Guy promises to deliver a thrilling and action-packed experience, with a star-studded cast, breathtaking stunts, and a story that blends romance, comedy, and adventure.