With director Rawson Marshall Thurber, Dwayne Johnson has saved the world from an international terrorist in “Central Intelligence” and saved his family from terrorists in “Skyscraper.” Now, in their third collaboration together, Johnson must track down the world’s greatest thief in “Red Notice.”
The globetrotting heist comedy pits Johnson’s profiler against Gal Gadot‘s notorious art thief after INTERPOL issues a global alert to take Gadot down. Ryan Reynolds is also in the mix as the world’s greatest con man, completing the film’s trifecta for the world’s greatest cop, crook, and trickster/comic relief/third wheel. The film also stars Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopoulos.
Johnson and Thurber first developed “Red Notice’ together to spark a bidding war between Hollywood’s major studios for the rights. Universal won that war and initially had the film slated for a blockbuster release date for the summer of 2020. The studio then balked at the movie’s estimated $150 million budget, and Netflix subsequently swooped in to take over distribution rights.
Johnson and Gadot each had a salary of $20 million for “Red Notice.” It makes Gadot, most famous for her role as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Patty Jenkin‘s DCEU films for Warner Bros., the third highest-paid actress in 2020.
“Red Notice” marks the first time Johnson, Gadot, and Reynolds have all worked together in the same movie. All three actors have had roles in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, but they’ve never all been in the same installment. Gadot and Reynolds also worked together in 2016’s “Criminal.”
Netflix is banking that even amid COVID, “Red Notice” will be a bit of a blockbuster success for the streaming service. How will Johnson fare on his third outing with Thurber behind the camera? Find out on November 12, when the film premieres.