Emily Blunt and Chris Evans are reportedly in final negotiations to star in Pain Hustlers, a movie in the works at Netflix. David Yates (the Harry Potter series) will direct from a script written by Wells Tower. The streamer landed the rights to the film out of Cannes, and it’s expected to cost around $50 million.
The movie revolves around Liza Drake, a high-school dropout dreaming of a better life for her and her young daughter. She lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical startup in a yellowing strip mall in Central Florida, and her charm and drive catapult the company and her into the high life. But she soon finds herself at the center of a criminal conspiracy.
There’s currently no word on what role Evans will be playing.
The film is being billed as tonally similar to The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Big Short, and American Hustle. With its female lead, you can probably throw the similar 2019 indie Buffaloed in there too.
Blunt’s latest films were 2021’s A Quiet Place: Part II and Jungle Cruise. She’s currently filming Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer, and is also starring in upcoming western series The English.
Evans can currently be seen (or heard) in cinemas as the lead voice role in Lightyear.
He will soon be seen in another Netflix film – $200 million blockbuster The Gray Man alongside Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas – and also recently wrapped filming on Dexter Fletcher‘s Ghosted, a romantic action adventure (also with de Armas) being produced for Apple TV+.
Production on Pain Hustlers is expected to begin in late August.