Netflix has acquired the Chris Evans-headlined action film The Red Sea Diving Resort. While Evans has, of course, spent most of the last ten years playing Captain America, he's continued to work on non-Marvel films on the side. Notably, the actor starred in Bong Joon-ho's acclaimed post-apocalyptic action thriller Snowpiercer as the leader of a rebellion aboard a futuristic train that serves as humanity's last refuge from a world ravaged by global warming. He's also appeared in smaller movies like the drama Gifted and made his directorial debut on the romantic dramedy Before We Go (which he costarred in with Alice Eve).
In a couple months, Evans will return as Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame - a film that may or may not mark his final appearance as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However things play out, the actor's fans can also look forward to seeing him in a few non-comic book projects before the year is done. This November, for example, Evans will costar in Rian Johnson's murder mystery thriller Knives Out, opposite an amazing cast that includes Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lakeith Stanfield, among other names. He will further appear in The Red Sea Dividing Resort, which only just found a place to call home.
According to Variety, Netflix has bought the global rights to Red Sea Diving Resort (sans China) and plans to release it sometime in 2019. The film was inspired by real-life events and adapted for the big screen by Israeli writer-director Gideon Raff, whose previous credits include the acclaimed Israeli TV show Prisoners of War and FX's Middle-Eastern political drama Tyrant. The former of those series was re-imagined for American audiences as Showtime's Homeland back in 2011.
Red Sea Diving Resort stars Evans as an Israeli government agent who, in the early '80s, ran a secret Mossad operation to smuggle Ethiopian Jews fleeing war, famine, and general persecution to Sudan. The title refers to the front that the mission (referred to as "Operation Brothers") used, which was based at an abandoned vacation resort previously known as The Arous Holiday Village. Evans is joined in the film's cast by names like Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire), Michael Huisman (The Haunting of Hill House), Chris Chalk (Gotham), Ben Kingsley (Operation Finale), and Greg Kinnear (House of Cards), among others. Filming took place back in the summer of 2017, so the movie's all ready to go whenever Netflix decides to release it.
All in all, Red Sea Diving Resort sounds quite promising, between the cast and Raff's involvement behind the camera. It's a fitting post-Endgame project for Evans too, given his continuing interest in making genre movies that deal with social and political themes (much like Snowpiercer and the Captain America films did). That said, it's somewhat ironic that Netflix ended up acquiring the movie, seeing as Evans only just stepped away from the streaming service's Devil All the Time adaptation and was replaced by his MCU costar Sebastian Stan, no less. Despite that, it turns out there is a Netflix movie starring Evans on the horizon after all.
We will bring you more details on The Red Sea Diving Resort as they become available.