Sony Pictures is in talks with Charlize Theron to come aboard “The Gray Man,” its long in the works adaptation of the Mark Greaney. Theron would star in and produce through her Denver and Delilah label alongside Joe Roth.
The original premise focused on an expert CIA operative-turned-assassin who is forced to evade adversaries as he saves the lives of daughters he didn’t know he had. With Theron coming onboard, some minor re-writes will be necessary to accomodate the protagonist’s change of gender, not an unusual situation for Sony who made the same accomodation for the Angelina Jolie-led “Salt” which went on to become a hit.
“Captain America: Civil War” writer/directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned the screenplay and were originally attached to helm before becoming Marvel’s go-to guys in the wake of Joss Whedon’s exit from the Marvel cinematic universe. Brad Pitt and filmmaker James Gray were also attached to a previous version of the project.