Get to Know the Cast of The Gentlemen

December 16th, 2019Get to Know the Cast of The Gentlemen

In the last decade, writer/director Guy Ritchie has put the majority of his attention toward franchise films, first making two SHERLOCK HOLMES features starring Robert Downey Jr., and following them up with THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD and ALADDIN. Now, however, he is ready to get back to his roots. The filmmaker’s career started with him making gangster/crime movies like LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH, and now he’s making a grand comeback to the genre with 2020’s THE GENTLEMEN.

This homecoming by itself would be reason enough to be excited for the upcoming film, but the amazing cherry on top is that Ritchie has assembled an absolutely fantastic cast to play the principal roles. Recently, these stars were all highlighted in a series of character posters, so now seems like a perfect time to get to know the ensemble.

Matthew McConaughey

All roads in THE GENTLEMEN lead back to the Oscar® winner.

Guy Ritchie movies are typically very British affairs, but it’s an American who is positioned at the center of THE GENTLEMEN, played by Matthew McConaughey. In the film, the actor stars as Mickey Pearson, an expat living in London who has spent years building a highly successful marijuana empire. The plot kicks off when Pearson makes the decision to leave the business, which leads to a whole bunch of colorful characters scrambling to come out on top in the aftermath.

Charlie Hunnam

Guy Ritchie reunites with his King Arthur.

Charlie Hunnam has some recent history working with Guy Ritchie, having played the titular role in KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD. Evidently, it was a positive experience for the two men, because they are back together again in THE GENTLEMEN. This time around, Hunnam is playing Raymond, Mickey Pearson’s even-tempered right-hand man, who does his best to make the transition period move smoothly. Based on what we see in the trailer, things don't go according to plan.

Henry Golding

The CRAZY RICH ASIANS star is playing a stone-cold psycho.

In the past few years, audiences have gotten to know Henry Golding as a smart, charming male lead in romantic comedies like CRAZY RICH ASIANS and LAST CHRISTMAS, but Guy Ritchie is aiming to showcase a bit of new range for the up-and-coming star. Being a gangster relatively new on the scene, Golding's character is looking to arrange a business deal with Mickey Pearson, and when he gets denied, things aren’t pretty, thanks to his penchant for violence.

Colin Farrell

Sporting a very different look, and getting a little violent.

Based on the footage we’ve seen, it doesn’t look like Raymond will be alone in working to protect Mickey Pearson's interests. By his side for a fair amount of the action is a bespectacled Colin Farrell as a tough guy who doesn’t seem to be afraid of getting his hands dirty. THE GENTLEMEN marks the first time that Farrell has worked with Guy Ritchie, but given the actor’s skills and the filmmaker’s sensibilities, it should be a match made in heaven.

Michelle Dockery

Going from the high life in DOWNTON ABBEY to getting messy in the world of London crime.

Audiences are probably most familiar with Michelle Dockery from her prim and proper role as Lady Mary Crawley in DOWNTON ABBEY, but she will be getting down and dirty in the crime world of THE GENTLEMEN. At this point in time, we don’t know a great deal about her character, as she only makes brief appearances in the film’s trailer, but it seems that she is a close associate of Mickey Pearson’s and an advisor.

Hugh Grant

Get ready to see a very different side of the NOTTING HILL star.

Based on what we know about THE GENTLEMEN so far, Hugh Grant seems to be playing a bit of an outsider in the affair named Fletcher. The movie is the second time that Grant has collaborated with Guy Ritchie, the two having previously worked together on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., but this time around, he appears to be playing a very different kind of character. Rather than playing a posh intellectual like normal, he is portraying a much more scuzzy role, as Fletcher has aims to blackmail Mickey Pearson. He should make for an interesting fly in the ointment, and we can’t wait to see how he fits into the bigger picture.

THE GENTLEMEN will be in theatres everywhere January 24, 2020.

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