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Free Guy
Free Guy Theatrical First Poster.jpg
Teaser poster with previous release date
Directed byShawn Levy
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story byMatt Lieberman
Music byChristophe Beck
CinematographyGeorge Richmond
Edited byDean Zimmerman[1]
Distributed by20th Century Studios
Release date
  • August 13, 2021 (2021-08-13) (United States)
CountryUnited States

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

Free Guy is scheduled to be theatrically released in IMAX in the United States on August 13, 2021 by 20th Century Studios. Its release had been pushed back three times from a July 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


In the open world video game Free City, Guy (Reynolds) is a non-player character (NPC) working as a bank teller. Thanks to a program 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.[2][3]


The film features cameo appearances from YouTube personalities Jacksepticeye, Ninja, Pokimane, and LazarBeam.[8] Late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek also makes a posthumous appearance in the film.[9]


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, as well as under the studio's new name 20th Century Studios.[3] Ryan Reynolds, who produced the film along with Shawn Levy, said "I haven't been this fully immersed and engaged in something since Deadpool".[3]

The film started principal photography in Boston in May 2019, including around the city's Financial District.[10][11] Filming also took place in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts,[12] and Framingham, Massachusetts, in the former Framingham Bank building,[13] and at the former Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, Massachusetts.[14]


Free Guy will be theatrically released in the United States on August 13, 2021.[15]

The film was initially scheduled to be released July 3, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16][17][18] It was then moved to December 11, 2020.[19][20] In November 2020, the studio removed the film, along with Death on the Nile, from its upcoming release schedule until further notice.[21][22] The next month, the film was rescheduled to May 21, 2021.[23] In March, it was announced that the film would again move, this time to the August 2021 date.[24]


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  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Game on! Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer star in first 'Free Guy' trailer". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (March 28, 2019). "Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar Join Fox's Action-Comedy 'Free Guy'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Riefe, Jordan. "Camille Kostek On Modeling, Gronk, and Co-Starring with Ryan Reynolds in 'Free Guy'". Maxim. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  8. ^ McMillan, Grahame (October 3, 2019). "First Look at Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy' Wows New York Comic Con". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  9. ^ Ivie, Devon (October 5, 2020). "Free Guy Trailer: Wreck-It Ryan Reynolds". Vulture. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Slane, Kevin (May 17, 2019). "Ryan Reynolds movie 'Free Guy' sets up to film in Boston". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ryan Reynolds movie 'Free Guy' transforms downtown Worcester into car chase scene". MassLive. May 22, 2019. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  13. ^ Haddadin, Jim (May 7, 2019). "Framingham bank to be featured in Hollywood movie 'Free Guy'". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Trufant, Jessica (May 21, 2019). "Life goes on at Union Point after developer's ouster". The Patriot Ledger. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Rubin, Rebecca (March 23, 2021). "'Black Widow,' 'Cruella' to Debut on Disney Plus and in Theaters as Disney Shifts Dates for Seven Films". Variety. Archived from the original on March 23, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  16. ^ Welk, Brian (April 3, 2020). "'Black Widow' Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022". The Wrap. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  17. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (December 7, 2019). "Fox Releases First Trailer For 'Free Guy'; Ryan Reynolds Refers To Unlikely Superhero Origin Story As Modern-Day 'Back To The Future' – CCXP". Deadline. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  18. ^ Kit, Borys (September 28, 2018). "Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy Team for Action Comedy 'Free Guy' Boy of Pandemic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  19. ^ Bullard, Benjamin (April 5, 2020). "Ryan Reynolds reveals Free Guy December new release date". SyFy. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  20. ^ Gemmill, Allie (October 4, 2020). "New 'Free Guy' Trailer Teaser Hypes Ryan Reynolds' Comedy That You'll (Probably) See in 2020". Collider. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  21. ^ McClintock, Pamela (November 5, 2020). "'Free Guy,' 'Death on the Nile' Sail Out of 2020 Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  22. ^ "Ryan Reynolds' 'Free Guy' movie won't hit theaters in December". Engadget. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  23. ^ Couch, Adam (December 11, 2020). "'Free Guy,' 'Thor 4' and 'Lightyear' Get Release Dates Amid New Disney Plan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  24. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 23, 2021). "Disney Shifts 'Black Widow' & 'Cruella' To Day & Date Release In Theaters And Disney+, Jarring Summer Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 23, 2021. Retrieved March 23, 2021.

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