Since leaving behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019, Chris Evans has taken on projects that tackle various other sides of his acting abilities. He’s already got roles in the animated film “Lightyear” and the spy thriller “The Gray Man” all locked up. And it appears his next project might see him tackle one of the most legendary icons in Hollywood history, Gene Kelly.
According to Deadline, Chris Evans is lined up to play Gene Kelly in an upcoming film written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter, John Logan. The untitled film isn’t a biopic, however. Instead, the film takes place in 1952 and follows the story of a 12-year-old boy who works on the MGM lot and imagines that he has a friendship with Kelly. It sounds sort of like “Jojo Rabbit,” but with Hollywood instead of Nazi Germany. The film concept is said to be an original idea from Evans.
As mentioned, the film is expected to be written by Logan, who is probably best known for his work on the Oscar-nominated scripts for films such as “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Hugo.” In addition to acting in the film, Evans is also expected to produce the film alongside Logan and Mark Kassen. Rian Johnson’s and Ram Bergman’s T-Street Productions is also attached.
It’s far too early to know when this film might arrive in theaters or on a streaming platform. As of now, the untitled film doesn’t have a studio attached. However, with Chris Evans being one of the most famous actors on the planet and Gene Kelly being an iconic figure in entertainment history, it’s highly unlikely this film will have trouble finding a home.