Filming continues on ‘The Gray Man’: Which Prague neighborhoods will be affected this week?

Action scenes will take place in parts of Karlín and well as around parts of the city center, with some public transit disruptions.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 12.07.2021 13:38 (updated on 12.07.2021)

If you were in Prague’s center recently, you might have encountered some closed-off streets and traffic diversions. There have been due mostly to the filming of The Gray Man, starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. Filming on the $200 million film for Netflix will continue in Prague until July 19. According to Prague 8 website, a significant amount of filming this week will be taking place in Karlín. It will also continue downtown.

Filming will take place all week around the Futurama office building on Za Invalidovnou Street as well as around the school at Lyčkovo náměstí and Pernerova streets.

From July 17-July 19 filming will take place on Pernerova Street, Šaldova, Křižíkova, Lyčkovo nám., Kaizlovy sady, Sokolovská, Sovova, and Kubova streets.

Untitled by Zdeněk Ruffer. (photo: Raymond Johnston - Expats.cz)
Untitled aculpture by Zdeněk Ruffer at Futurama. (Photo: Raymond Johnston)

Filming has temporarily stopped near náměstí Jana Palacha, where an outdoor set was built in front of the Rudolfinum, but will return over the weekend, affecting an area from Na Rejdišti to Kaprovo Streets.

The Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) says that while tram service around the Faculty of Law at the end of Pařížská Street will get back to normal as of 11:30 pm on July 12, it will be disrupted again there all day on both July 17 and 18. this will affect the 17 tram and the historical 42 tram, as well as the 93 night tram and bus 207.

School at Lyčkovo náměstí in Karlín. (Wikimedia commons, Petr Vilgus, CC BY SA 4.0)
School at Lyčkovo náměstí in Karlín. (Wikimedia commons, Petr Vilgus, CC BY SA 4.0)

In addition, tram service will be disrupted at náměstí Republiky on from the night of July 14 to the end of July 17. The number of routes that will be diverted in this case is more extensive: daytime routes 6, 8, and 26; historical tram 42; and night routes 91, 94, 96; plus bus route 207.

Prague 8 on its website pointed out there will along with the inconveniences, there are benefits.

“Due to the nature of the film, we also want to make you aware that there will be gun shots, chases, explosions, etc. for the action scenes. These scenes will of course be carried out by professionals and in a cinematic manner, with silenced bullets, etc., but there will still be noise, which we have calculated within the framework of hygiene standards and we will comply with the standards,” Prague 8 states on its website.

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“In any case, the shooting after coordination with the city management and taking into account the residential nature of the area, will always take place after 9 am in the morning and will end no later than 9 pm,” Prague 8 added.

The added that through filming, Prague collects income that goes directly in improving the quality of life in your immediate area.

“We apologize especially for the occupation of parking spaces, without which, however, filming is not possible,” they added.

Filming in Prague 8 has wrapped up early this morning around Ratibořská Street and Za Poříčskou bránou and Prvního pluku. It has also wrapped in the vicinity of Veletržní palác in Prague 7, where onlookers photographed part of a car chase.

Film production company Stillking also thanked people for their cooperation with the filming that has taken place so far. “We appreciate your patience and understanding on this matter,” Stillking said on Instagram, along with a photo of a street barricade near the Rudolfinum.

The Gray Man is based on 2009 novel by Mark Greaney about former CIA operative Court Gentry, now working as a freelance assassin. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Alfre Woodard, Billy Bob Thornton, and Regé-Jean Page. Joe and Anthony Russo directing.

“The movie is a real mano a mano between those two great actors who represent two different versions of the CIA, in what it can be, and what it can do,” Anthony Russo said in a Stillking press release.

Joe Russo commented on the scale of the film. It is the most expensive production ever to be made in the Czech Republic. He said the intention is to be competitive with any theatrical film, and the ability to do it with Gosling and Evans is a dream come true.

“The idea is to create a franchise and build out a whole universe, with Ryan at the center of it. We have all committed to the first movie, and that’s got to be great to get us to the second movie,” he said.

He described a bit of the plot. “These are master assassins, and Gosling’s characters gets burned by the CIA and Evans’ character has to hunt him down,” he said.

Filming has been picking up in the Czech Republic this year. Another film, Spaceman, starring Adam Sandler was filming in Prague in June. White Bird: A Wonder Story, starring Gillian Anderson and Helen Mirren filmed during the spring. The series Carnival Row also returned for a second season.

See a map of filming locations for "The Gray Man". Click here to see locations around Prague.

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