Chris Evans to star in Netflix’s ‘Pain Hustlers’ with Emily Blunt

Captain America star Chris Evans is set to join Emily Blunt in the streaming movie Pain Hustlers. Netflix has landed the global rights to the film
Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Captain America star Chris Evans is set to join Emily Blunt in the Netflix movie Pain Hustlers. The project was first reported out of Cannes by Deadline, where the streamer landed global rights to the film.

Pain Hustlers, a Netflix movie, will be directed by David Yates. The script is written by Wells Tower. Netflix, which has offered no comments on Evans potentially joining the film, bagged the rights to the film for $50 million during the French Riviera Film Fest.

The film centres on Liza Drake (played by Blunt), a high-school drop-out dreaming of a better life for her and her young daughter. Liz lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical startup in a yellowing strip mall in Central Florida. Her charm, guts and drive catapult the company and her into the high life, where she soon finds herself at the centre of a criminal conspiracy with deadly consequences.

Cameras are expected to start rolling in late August. The film has been billed as being tonally similar to The Big Short, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street. Lawrence Grey is producing Pain Hustlers under his Grey Matter Productions banner alongside Yates and Yvonne Walcott Yates’ Wychwood Pictures. Lewis Taylor and Ben Everard are EPs, with Cyrus Mojibi, Patrick Wade, Lawrence Kao and Lloyd Everard serving as co-producers.

Evans is reteaming with the Russo Brothers after his streak with them on The Avengers and Captain America as well as Netflix’s The Gray Man with Ryan Gosling and Tamil actor Dhanush. He recently wrapped up the Dexter Fletcher-directorial Ghosted for Apple TV+. His latest works include Disney’s animation movie Lightyear, a spin-off from the Toy Story franchise.

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