The Fall Guy Release Date, Plot And More [Cinemas] – May 3

The Fall Guy – Ryan Gosling’s Thrilling New Action Comedy Arriving This Summer

The 1980s TV series “The Fall Guy” is getting a modern big-screen makeover this year, with Ryan Gosling suiting up to play the lead role of stuntman-turned-bounty hunter Colt Seavers. The action comedy flick, aptly titled “The Fall Guy”, is set to premiere on May 3, 2024.

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Directed by David Leitch of “Deadpool 2” and “Atomic Blonde” fame, “The Fall Guy” has assembled an A-list cast to revive Glen A. Larson’s hit show from decades past. Emily Blunt has signed on as Gosling’s former flame, Jody Banks, while “Black Panther” breakout Winston Duke, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Stephanie Hsu occupy supporting roles.

The premise follows Seavers, a seasoned Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter to pay the bills between gigs. When his ex-girlfriend/film director Banks’ (Blunt) leading man mysteriously vanishes while shooting her latest blockbuster action flick, Seavers jumps at the chance to save the production and crack the missing-person case.

Origin and Background

While this is the first time “The Fall Guy” has been adapted for film, the IP has been entertaining audiences since way back in 1981 when it first premiered on ABC as a 60-minute weekly series. The show emerged as a top 10 hit and ran for a solid five seasons, consisting of 112 episodes in total.

<table> <tbody> <tr> <td>Original creator</td> <td>Glen A. Larson</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Original release</td> <td>1981 – 1986 (ABC)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. of seasons </td> <td>5</td> </tr> <tr> <td>No. of episodes</td> <td>112 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

The mastermind behind the concept was writer/producer Glen A. Larson, who famously brought audiences iconic series like “Magnum, P.I.”, “Battlestar Galactica” and “Knight Rider” over the course of his esteemed Hollywood career.

“The Fall Guy” stood out from Larson’s other hit shows in that it incorporated substantive chunks of footage showcasing professional stuntwork. This was groundbreaking for a network drama back then. Larson’s idea was sparked when he visited the set of “How the West Was Won” and was impressed by the production’s real-life stunt crew.

The series ultimately snagged several Emmy nominations thanks to those riveting stunt sequences. While Lee Majors headlined the original incarnation of Seavers, Ryan Gosling seems primed to introduce a whole new generation to the character three decades later.

Plot and Story Details

Universal Pictures delivered an official synopsis for the modern update:

After an on set accident, the star of a film walks off, leaving the production in a jam. Colt Seavers, a former stuntman turned bounty hunter, volunteers to find the actor and save the film. Things take a shocking turn, however, when Seavers discovers dark secrets behind his disappearance. He must figure out what really happened and save an entire studio from disaster.

The movie is expected to incorporate action, comedy, mystery, and romance elements as our hero contends with threats during his investigation into the actor’s baffling vanishing act. Director David Leitch is well-versed in choreographing hard-hitting combat for the big screen. His feature filmography boasts the first “John Wick”, plus sequences in “Atomic Blonde” and Marvel’s “Deadpool 2” that won high praise for eye-popping stunt work.

So it’s reasonable to anticipate that “The Fall Guy” will prioritize thrilling practical effects and complex shootouts, chases, explosions, and brawls. Leitch’s personal background as a stuntman and stunt coordinator before shifting into helming lends unique experience that should only enhance this specific property.

As for tone, Gosling himself has described the project as akin to the 80s/90s action comedy template – playful and not overly serious like today’s grim and brooding superhero fare. The Stranger Things breakout Stephanie Hsu factors into the mystery as a quirky robotics prodigy who becomes an unlikely ally.

Key Talent On and Off Camera

In front of the camera, Gosling’s proven leading man abilities couple nicely with Blunt’s sharp wit and dramatic chops. The stellar supporting lineup filled by Duke, Johnson and Hsu provides ample comedic and dimensional foils too.

Behind the scenes, Universal tapped creator Seth Gordon of “Baywatch” (2017) infamy and “Horrible Bosses” fame to handle screenwriting duties. Additional script input came from Drew Pearce, best known for Iron Man 3, and Leitch’s go-to Mission: Impossible – Fallout collaborator Chris Morgan.

Throw in globally revered cinematographer Jonathan Sela, and the creative firepower involved here should allow The Fall Guy to stick the Superhero landing.

The Fall Guy Release Date
The Fall Guy Release Date

Release Date and Looking Ahead

When Universal first announced plans for this contemporary “Fall Guy” adaptation back in 2020 (with star Ryan Reynolds originally attached), the studio circled Spring 2022 as a prospective release window. Of course, the pandemic had other plans, stalling production until Summer 2022.

Initial production announcement August 2020
Principal photography start July 2022
Initial release date target March 2022
Revised release date May 3, 2024

As of now, The Fall Guy is slotted to debut on the big screen on May 3, 2024 – handily kicking off Hollywood’s lucrative summer box office season. Trailers and promotional material will start ramping up over the coming months to build mainstream buzz around the film.

If successful, resuscitating this beloved 80s IP for contemporary crowds could spawn an entire action-comedy Fall Guy franchise for Gosling to steer. There’s also plenty of space for sequel plotlines to explore more of Colt Seavers’ wild world of stunt performing turned bounty hunting.


After an extended wait, adrenaline junkies can finally experience Ryan Gosling’s thrilling stunt-filled take on “The Fall Guy” this May. Early footage spotlights the expected blend of action, mystery, laughs, and heart that made Glen A. Larson’s original 1981 broadcast series tick.

Gosling leads a talented ensemble hunting down a missing movie star while saving a sinking production, and director David Leitch’s trademark hard-hitting style promises to make the most of this concept. “The Fall Guy” has all the makings of an exhilarating revival poised to stick the landing with audiences when it hits theaters on May 3rd.

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