|Directed by||Shawn Levy|
|Story by||Matt Lieberman|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Edited by||Dean Zimmerman|
|Distributed by||20th Century Studios|
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.
- Ryan Reynolds as Guy
- Jodie Comer as Milly / Molotov Girl
- Joe Keery as Keys
- Lil Rel Howery as Buddy
- Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mouser
- Taika Waititi as Antoine
- Camille Kostek as Bombshell
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. Ryan Reynolds, who produced the film along with Shawn Levy, said "I haven't been this fully immersed and engaged in something since Deadpool".
The film started principal photography in Boston in May 2019, including around the city's Financial District. Filming also took place in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, and Framingham, Massachusetts, in the former Framingham Bank building, and at the former Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, Massachusetts.
Free Guy will be theatrically released in the United States on August 13, 2021.
The film was initially scheduled to be released July 3, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then moved to December 11, 2020. In November 2020, the studio removed the film, along with Death on the Nile, from its upcoming release schedule until further notice. The next month, the film was rescheduled to May 21, 2021. In March, it was announced that the film would again move, this time to the August 2021 date.
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