The Fall Guy: release date, trailer, reviews, cast and everything we know about the Ryan Gosling action movie

Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy
Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Ryan Gosling gets to show off both his action and comedic chops in the 2024 new movie The Fall Guy, which sees him pair up with Emily Blunt and the director behind Bullet Train, Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The movie is an adaptation of the 1980s TV series of the same name that starred Lee Majors, but with some updated, spectacular sequences sure to bring the excitement.

Here is everything that you need to know about The Fall Guy right now, from when it is coming out to who's in it.

The Fall Guy release date

With a May 3 release date, The Fall Guy is going to help set the stage for the summer blockbuster season, even though it is still a spring movie.

Before its wide release, The Fall Guy is getting its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. But even if you're not there, you can get ready to see the action comedy, as tickets to see The Fall Guy are now available.

The Fall Guy cast

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in The Fall Guy

Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in The Fall Guy (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

As mentioned, The Fall Guy cast is headlined by Ryan Gosling as stuntman Colt Seavers and Emily Blunt as movie director Jody Moreno. The two have had a previous fling that Colt is hoping to rekindle.

Gosling is coming off of Barbie in 2023, but the two-time Oscar-nominated actor is no stranger to action, having starred in The Gray Man, Blade Runner 2049 and Drive. He also has no problem mixing in comedy as he does fight scenes, as evident by his great performance in The Nice Guys.

Blunt also had a big 2023, starring in both Pain Hustlers and Oppenheimer. She also has proven adept at both action and comedy, with her having starred in the likes of Jungle Cruise, Sicario and Edge of Tomorrow.

Joining Gosling and Blunt are Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) as a producer and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kraven the Hunter) as the movie’s leading man who Gosling's character works for as a stunt double. Winston Duke (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever) and Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once) also star.

The Fall Guy plot

Drew Pearce (Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw) adapted the script from the original 1980s TV series. Here is the official plot from Universal:

"He's a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, 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 trailer

Check out this super-sized (three-plus minute) trailer for The Fall Guy, which shows off Gosling’s comedic performance and the various stunts that are going to be center stage: 

A second trailer is also available that you can watch right here:

Though they surprisingly never mention The Fall Guy and instead had some fun back and forth about the Barbenheimer rivalry, Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling paid a special tribute to the stunt community at the 2024 Oscars, whose work is front and center in their new movie.

Another promo has Gosling and Blunt going over some of the key details of The Fall Guy in 60 seconds:

You can also watch this behind-the-scenes feature for the movie right here:

The Fall Guy reviews

What to Watch has published its The Fall Guy review, allowing you to find out why we think the movie is a perfect way to kick off the blockbuster season.

But we're not the only ones who liked it. As of May 1, The Fall Guy has a "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

David Leitch movies

David Leitch started his career as a fight coordinator and stuntman himself, but has moved behind the camera and has become one of the big action directors of the last few years.

Here is the full list of movies that he has directed in his career:

  • John Wick (uncredited) (2014)
  • Atomic Blonde (2017)
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
  • Bullet Train (2022)

The Fall Guy poster

(Image credit: Universal Pictures)
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.