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First Look at Ryan Reynolds in ‘Free Guy’ at NYCC

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BY October 7, 2019

Ryan Reynolds may be best known now as Deadpool, but in the upcoming film Free Guy, he’s taking on a slightly less heroic role. Convention-goers at this year’s New York Comic Con got the first details on the action-comedy, and we’ve got everything you need to know.

Who is Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy?

Reynolds stars as Guy, an ordinary man living what he thinks is an ordinary life. He’s a bank teller and that would also be ordinary, except for one small fact. Robbers hit the bank with a statistically unlikely frequency. Guy starts to realize that something might be up with his reality.

And it’s true. As it turns out, Guy is a background character, aka an NPC, in a video game called Free City. Unfortunately for Guy, the company that owns the game is about to discontinue it. In other words, Guy’s whole existence is coming to an end. Unless, that is, he does something first.

So while Free Guy isn’t a traditional superhero movie, Guy (the character) does become a hero in a way. When he’s told how he can make life better for himself, by cheating other people, he demurs. He’d rather go at it a different way, by trying to be a better person.

All the Details on Who’s In It and When You Can See Free Guy

Directed by Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy, the film has an impressive cast beyond Reynolds. Stranger Things alum Joe Keery stars as a coder for the game, as does Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer. They actually dual roles, as they’ll be playing game characters, as well. The great Taika Waititi, who maybe (?) appeared with Reynolds in Green Lantern, also stars, although his role is unknown. Rounding out the cast are Get Out‘s Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar, whom you might recognize from The Mindy Project.

Reynolds’s next project is the Michael Bay Netflix film 6 Underground, although he does have another Deadpool movie in the pipeline. Free Guy, though, will be out on July 3, 2020. Footage shown at NYCC, including the trailer, isn’t available online yet, but here’s a clip of some of the cast members discussing the film and definitely not Green Lantern.

Are you interested in the Truman Show meets Being There vibes of Free Guy? Let us know in these here comments or come tell us on social media.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at

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