Free Guy: Trailer, Release Date, and Cast For Ryan Reynolds Video Game Comedy

Free Guy will see Ryan Reynolds headline an action-comedy helmed by Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has no shortage of projects, thanks to his acclaimed, financially fulfilling comeback as Marvel’s recently-Fox-expatriated Merc with a Mouth. Interestingly, one addition to Reynolds’ backlog, a comedy called Free Guy, will utilize the artificial-world trope of The Truman Show with a dash of tonal dust from the Grand Theft Auto games.

Fee Guy, a 20th Century Fox comedic actioner, will see Reynolds play a bank teller living a humdrum routine life, only to learn that he is, in actuality, a background character in a violent open world video game; a world that is somehow in jeopardy and can only be saved by him. The film will be directed by Shawn Levy (the Night at the Museum films).

Free Guy Trailer

Fresh from Brazil CCXP19 comes the first full Free Guy trailer. Watch the titular Guy realize the colorful truth about his world. 

Fox has released a preview video of sorts (okay, so it’s not a “trailer” per se) with the cast of Free Guy. While there’s no footage, the clip does preview a comedic cast dynamic.

Free Guy Release Date

Free Guy is set to spawn at theaters on July 3, 2020.

Free Guy Cast

Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC literally named “Guy” as bland as they come, he surprisingly begins developing artificial intelligence, much to the chagrin of the human playeres around him in this virtual reality open world game. For example, newly minted Emmy winner Jodie Comer plays Molotov Girl, a gamer with some secret history related to the events around her. Indeed, she and another programmer played by Stranger Things‘ Joe Keery intended to allow NPCs to learn some degree of self-awareness from their experiences, but never expected a character to become sentient.

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The cast is also rounded out by Taika Waititi in a decidedly more comic supporting part. He plays Antoine, the CEO of the company who created Guy’s game. Lil Rey Howery and Channing Tatum also appear.

Free Guy Details

Free Guy will be directed by Shawn Levy, a longtime producer, who’s directorial CV includes entries such as the trio of Night at the Museum movies, Vince Vaugh/Owen Wilson Google romp The Internship, Steve Carrell/Tina Fey rom-com Date Night, Hugh Jackman-headlined Rock’em Sock’em Robots actioner Real Steel, and has been helming episodes of Netflix’s pop culture-invading horror hybrid series, Stranger Things. He and Reynolds picked up Free Guy as a spec script written by Matt Lieberman in 2016, who worked on the Kurt Russell comedy, The Christmas Chronicles, and the remake of the classic 1980s robot comedy, Short Circuit.

Levy also serves as a producer via his 21 Laps shingle, joined by star Ryan Reynolds via Maximum Effort and (The CW’s Arrowverse maestro) Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, fulfilling a multiyear deal signed by his Berlanti Productions. Adam Kolbrenner will also produce.

Reynolds is coming off a successful sequel in Deadpool 2 and the delightful (by our standards) Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

Free Guy Posters

In the meantime, check out a couple of Free Guy posters. 

Free Guy Poster

Here is one depicting Ryan Reynolds as a guy named Guy who’s dressed as a guy named Guy.

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Free Guy Ryan Reynolds Poster

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