Winston Duke and Hannah Waddingham Join ‘The Fall Guy’
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Winston Duke and Hannah Waddingham Join ‘The Fall Guy’

Winston Duke as M’Baku in 2018’s ‘Black Panther’.

They may come from very different screen worlds – Winston Duke is currently best known for playing M’Baku in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ (and was the winning part of the sequel ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ which just hit theaters), while theaters British actor Hannah Waddingham broke big with TV’s ‘Ted Lasso’ – but the cast pair will unite in ‘The Fall Guy’.

Stuntman turned expert action director David Leitch (‘Bullet Train’, ‘Deadpool 2’) is behind the camera for the new film, with Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Stephanie Hsu in front of him.

And the concept itself was born from the TV series.

Originally created by prolific TV producer Glen A. Larson (whose small screen factory also produced shows such as ‘Buck Rogers’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Knight Rider’), ‘The Fall Guy’ ran between 1981 and 1986, and starred Lee Majors as Colt Seavers.

As his film work began to dry up, Seavers pivoted to become a bounty hunter, using all the knowledge he had acquired to create action movies to track down and defeat con artists, thieves, bikers, con men, fugitives, and corrupt officials using his fists. and vehicle skills.

The Majors starred alongside Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas as Colt’s partners Howie Munson and Jody Banks, who aided him in his mission. While the show was often a giant slab of ’80s TV cheese, the concept definitely had legs, with at least two films in development.

Heather Thomas and Lee Majors

(Left to Right) Heather Thomas and Lee Majors in ‘The Fall Guy.’ Photo courtesy of IMDB.

His take on Word of Leitch and Gosling first appeared in 2020, then was billed as the ‘Unknown Stuntman Movie’ and was supported through Universal.

When Taylor-Johnson was cast, we got new information about the storyline for this one, which seems to largely dispense with the frenetic parts of the original show.

Gosling plays a battered, past-prime stunt double who finds himself back in the movies with a star he worked with long ago and who replaces him. The problem, however, is that the star is now gone…

Taylor-Johnson would be a movie star doubling by Gosling, while Blunt was a prosthetic makeup artist who had a romantic past with our hero. Hsu, on screen this year in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ will be the undoubted assistant to Taylor-Johnson’s character.

Duke will play Gosling’s character sidekick, while Waddingham will take all of his comic and dramatic chops to the role of producer on the film, most likely none of whom are too pleased that the production is going off track.

Given Leitch’s experience (and Gosling’s past as a stunt double on ‘Drive’ and ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’), we were expecting a film that was both funny and action-packed.

With a script from ‘Iron Man 3’s Drew Pearce and cameras rolling in Australia, ‘The Fall Guy’ is aiming for a March 1, 2024 release.

Hannah Waddingham in season two of “Ted Lasso,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

Hannah Waddingham in season two of “Ted Lasso,” now streaming on Apple TV+.

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