Free Guy

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Free Guy
Free Guy Theatrical First Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byShawn Levy
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byMatt Lieberman
Starring
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyGeorge Richmond
Production
company
Distributed by20th Century Studios [1]
Release date
  • July 3, 2020 (2020-07-03) (United States)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Free Guy is an upcoming 2020 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Shawn Levy, a story by Matt Lieberman, and a screenplay by Lieberman and Zak Penn. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi.

Free Guy is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020 by 20th Century Studios.[2][3]

Premise[edit]

In the open world video game Free City, an amalgamation of Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite, Guy (Reynolds) is a non-player character (NPC) working as a bank teller. Thanks to a code developed by programmers Milly (Comer) and Keys (Keery) inserted into Free City by the publisher Antoine (Waititi), Guy becomes aware of his world being a video game, and takes steps to make himself the hero, creating a race against time to save the game before the developers can shut it down.[4][5]

Cast[edit]

Additionally, YouTube personality Seán "Jacksepticeye" McLoughlin will portray Q*bert, while Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Imane "Pokimane" Anys, and Lannan "LazarBeam" Eacott will appear as themselves.[10]

Production[edit]

Free Guy had been in development at 20th Century Fox prior to its acquisition by Disney, and is one of the first Fox films to continue production under Disney ownership.[5] Ryan Reynolds, who produced the film along with Shawn Levy, said "I haven’t been this fully immersed and engaged in something since Deadpool".[5]

The film started principal photography in Boston in May 2019, including around the city's Financial District.[11][12] Filming also took place in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts[13] and Framingham, Massachusetts, in the former Framingham Bank building.[14]

Marketing[edit]

The first trailer for Free Guy was released online on December 7, 2019, shortly after Reynolds presented the teaser to the audience at CCXP. The trailer features a remixed version of Mariah Carey's 1995 single Fantasy.[15]

Release[edit]

The film is due to be released on July 3, 2020.[16] On October 3, 2019, 20th Century Fox released a "Meet the Cast" promotional video, in which Reynolds and Waititi claim they are pleased to have the opportunity to work together for the first time, despite Comer and Keery pointing out that they worked together previously on the critically panned film Green Lantern (2011).[17]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vary, Adam (January 17, 2020). "Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures". Variety. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  2. ^ Kit, Borys (September 28, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Team for Action Comedy 'Free Guy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Vary, Adam (January 17, 2020). "Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures". Variety. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Weiss, Josh (November 26, 2019). "Free Guy Composer Says Ryan Reynolds Comedy Will Be Grand Theft Auto Meets The Truman Show". Syfy. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Romano, Nick; Aquilina, Tyler (October 3, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds turns videogame hero (or not) in first Free Guy footage and poster". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  6. ^ Parker, Ryan; Kit, Borys (December 19, 2018). "'Killing Eve' Star Jodie Comer Joins Ryan Reynolds in 'Free Guy' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "Game on! Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer star in first 'Free Guy' trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  8. ^ Vlessing, Etan (March 28, 2019). "Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar Join Fox's Action-Comedy 'Free Guy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Vanni, Olivia (June 1, 2019). "Hudson and Jeff Yang, Camille Kostek and Ryan Reynolds … and more". Boston Herald. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  10. ^ McMillan, Grahame (October 3, 2019). "First Look at Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy' Wows New York Comic Con". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Brown, Lillian (May 14, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose with 'Free Guy' cast as filming ramps up in Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Slane, Kevin (May 17, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds movie 'Free Guy' sets up to film in Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ryan Reynolds movie 'Free Guy' transforms downtown Worcester into car chase scene". MassLive. May 22, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Haddadin, Jim (May 7, 2019). "Framingham bank to be featured in Hollywood movie 'Free Guy'". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  15. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (December 7, 2019). "Fox Releases First Trailer or 'Free Guy'; Ryan Reynolds Refers To Unlikely Superhero Origin Story As Modern-Day 'Back To The Future' – CCXP". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Todd, Harry (May 14, 2019). "Shawn Levy's Star-Studded Action-Comedy Free Guy Begins Production". Paste. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Free Guy | Get ready to meet the Cast of Free Guy | 20th Century FOX. 20th Century Fox. Oct 3, 2019 – via YouTube].

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