Anthony and Joe Russo reveal how they designed the “excessive” action of ‘The invisible agent’
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Anthony and Joe Russo team up again as their famous creative tandem to direct ‘The Invisible Agent’, film based on the novel by Mark Greaney, whose script has been carried out by Joe himself along with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The directors who gained popularity thanks to their marvelous duo, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’, return to the big screen with an action movie inspired by “stranger things”.
‘The invisible agent’, now in theaters and available on Netflix from July 22not only drinks from the thrillers of the 70s, as the Russo themselves affirm in the production notes of the film, but, as Joe clarifies, he has noticed “in the action films of the 80s and 90s like ‘Jungla de cristal'”. This filmmaker cites the classic of the genre directed by John McTiernan to insinuate what the roll of his new proposal would be, although stresses that the new film he directs with his brother “is more excessive than those films in many ways and it doesn’t take a breather, but that’s precisely what makes it so entertaining”.
The endless action is the backbone of ‘The Invisible Agent’, so these scenes have had to be especially careful, yes, before thinking about each dizzying sequence, the team of spies made up of Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick or Regé-Jean Page. “We always want to find fascinating and flawed characters to then place them in scenarios that challenge them in the most extreme way“says Anthony. “We built the narrative around the characters because without them, without a character to carry the story, the action will lose its meaning at some point. We seek to explore those characters through the action”.
Hence, as Joe adds, to have a cast as spectacular as the one mentioned, was: crucial. “Ryan brings a lot of intensity and at the same time brings a lot of inner life to the characters. Sierra Six is a character who doesn’t talk much throughout the movie, so we knew that we needed an actor who could convey his emotions with every expression“says the filmmaker, revealing that no other performer was ever approached for the role. Along with Gosling’s talent is that of an Evans to whom they feel grateful because “It’s very rare to find someone on Chris’s level who is willing to enjoy embodying a hateful character“.
Will there be a sequel?
‘The invisible agent’, like all the stories of Anthony and Joe Russo, does not leave the door completely closed, so a sequel would be possible if these directors are interested. “Joe and I are fans of long-haul storytelling so we like it when the endings aren’t too clean, we like the idea of leaving the story open and having new possibilities“Anthony comments. “Without a doubt this is a story for which we have thought of a continuation so, if the audience wants, we will make a sequel”.
Beyond this possibility, which would materialize based on the success of ‘The invisible agent’, the Russos have a very powerful project on the way: the remake of the Disney classic, ‘Hercules’ for which they have ‘Guy Ritchie’ as director . “It’s a real pleasure to be able to work with Guy because he was a hero to us when we were starting out in the business, and on a movie like this!”says Joe, further clarifying that they haven’t started with the casting and that “there will be some music in the movie, yes“.