In an eight-figure deal, Netflix produced The Union, described as a “blue-collar James Bond.” Here’s the latest and everything we know about the Netflix Original movie that’s yet to get an official Netflix release date.
The movie was conceived by Wahlberg and producer Stephen Levinson, who developed the film during the quarantine. Later, they tapped writer David Guggenheim (Safe House, Designated Survivor) to pen the script, and it all clicked perfectly with Netflix willing to spend big money on the pic after seeing a 36-page draft.
First reported by Variety Insight, Julian Farino is set to direct the movie. The director has worked on numerous projects in the past, including Netflix’s Giri/Haji and the Netflix series Florida Man. Beyond that, Farino has worked on HBO’s Ballers and Entourage.
Closest to the Hole Productions and Leverage Management is behind the production. Adrian Johnston is providing the music for the movie, while casting was conducted by Dixie Chassay and Sheila Jaffe. Alan Stewart serves as director of photography.
Here’s everything else we know about Netflix’s The Union.
What’s the plot of Netflix’s The Union?
Plot details for Our Man From Jersey were initially kept under wraps, with the film originally described as a blue-collar James Bond.
Since then, we’ve been provided an updated synopsis:
“Mike, a down-to-earth construction worker from Jersey, is quickly thrust into the world of super spies and secret agents when his high school ex-girlfriend Roxanne recruits him on a high-stakes U.S. intelligence mission.”
In October 2023, the movie received its official age rating. The movie has been rated PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, suggestive material, and some strong language.
Who is cast in The Union?
Netflix’s The Union will be led by Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg and Oscar winner Halle Berry.
Wahlberg’s most recent credits include Spenser Confidential, Mile 22, and Infinite. He will play the role of Mike.
Berry will play the role of Roxeanne and has recently appeared in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, John Wick 3, and Bruised and is starring in another Netflix movie, The Mothership.
Netflix announced more cast members for the movie in May 2022, including:
- J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Being the Ricardos)
- Jessica De Gouw (The Secrets She Keeps, The Crown) as Juliet
- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad, Lost)
- Alice Lee (Brittany Runs a Marathon)
- Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children)
- Patch Darragh (Succession) as Bobby Breslin
- Fahim Fazli (Iron Man) as Mo
- Alex Brightman (Hard Rock Life)
- James McMenamin (Orange is the New Black) as Rick Healy
What’s on Netflix can also confirm the following actors to be involved in the project:
- Mike Colter (Luke Cage) as Faraday
- Ben Bishop (The Jungle Book) as Billy
What’s the production status of The Union?
Netflix’s The Union was originally scheduled to enter production in March 2022, according to issue 1258 of Production Weekly. Filming occurred primarily in New Jersey in the United States and London, England. Other sources indicate that the movie was also filmed in Piran, Slovenia, and Trieste, Italy.
According to FilmNewEurope, the Slovenian stint saw the Slovenian government giving cash rebate support of 2.5 m EUR for the project.
Taka snemanja so super promocija za #Slovenija. V preteklosti smo to premalo izkoriščali. Upam pa, da bo @mk_gov_si vsaj za Our Man from Jersey (film, ki ga snemajo tudi v #Piran) uspelo pri #Netflix doseči, da ga ponudijo s slovenskimi podnapisi. :) #Slovenia @SloveniaInfo 2/ pic.twitter.com/CKyD0fARHp
— Uporabna Stran (@uporabnastran) September 27, 2022
Since then, we’ve learned that filming is specifically due to start on March 14th, 2022. We also now know that filming will continue through August 14th, meaning the movie was in production for five months in total.
Thanks to GettyImages, we’ve got some behind-the-scenes snaps at filming in London on April 19th, 2022.
What’s the Netflix release date for The Union?
No release date has been set yet for The Union. The movie hasn’t thus far been included in the 2023 movie lineup, and unless that changes, we should expect it to launch in 2024.
With that said, Netflix did spotlight the movie at their recent upfronts in May 2023, highlighting what’s coming up on Netflix for the rest of the year.
Are you looking forward to The Union (fka Our Man From Jersey) coming to Netflix? Let us know in the comments.