Ryan Gosling Taking Over a Role Made Famous By Lee Majors

The Fall Guy Lee Majors, 1981-1986
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Lee Majors was often called the blonde Elvis Presley who had the edge when it came to action-adventure content. One of his most famous roles was portraying Colt Seavers in the 1980s series The Fall Guy. The show, which ran for five seasons, followed a Hollywood stuntman who works by night as a bounty hunter to capture criminals, often with his cousin Howie Munson and fellow stuntwoman Jody Banks. Now, a new film based on the beloved series is in the works with Barbie star Ryan Gosling taking over as Colt.

The new film’s plot reads, “The Fall Guy follows Gosling’s Colt Seavers, a stuntman who left the business for his mental and physical health, only to be drawn back into it when the star of a studio movie directed by his ex, Jody (Emily Blunt), goes missing, and she asks for his help.”

The Fall Guy 2024 Ryan Gosling Emily Blunt

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It continues, “Fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy, and try to win back the love of his life while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right?”

The Fall Guy Lee Majors

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Majors is now 84 years old and will reportedly make a cameo in the film, which has been in the works since 2020. Gosling was seen in 2022 around Australia filming for the project. Not only is Majors returning, but the theme of the original series will make a comeback. Originally performed by Majors, country singer Blake Shelton has covered the song “Unknown Stuntman” for the new movie.

The Fall Guy 2024 poster Ryan Gosling Emily Blunt

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The Fall Guy will premiere on May 3, 2024. It was originally scheduled for March 1 but was delayed due to the strikes. Director David Leitch revealed that the film is now being tested by audiences and shared, “Well, it’s testing incredibly well, and it is a crowd-pleaser. I think people love the chemistry between Ryan and Emily and they love how fun the movie is. Look, like Kelly said, he’s like a blue-collar hero. It’s an underdog story of a guy who self-actualizes into this superhero, and he gets to take down the bad guys and potentially, hopefully, get the love of his life back. And so, as one of our cast members says, ‘If you didn’t enjoy this movie, you don’t have a soul.’ [Laughs] It’s a really fun film that celebrates the below-the-line crews and, really, the blue-collar artisans that make the movies happen, and it’s a separation of movies and moviemaking.”

Watch the official trailer below and tell us your thoughts. Are you excited to see what they do with the remake or wish they would stop messing with our nostalgic favorites?

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