Peyton Reed

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Peyton Reed
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Reed in June 2015
Peyton Tucker Reed[1]

(1964-07-03) July 3, 1964 (age 56)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, television director
Years active1987–present
Beth LaMure
(m. 1998; div. 2006)

Sheila Naghshineh
(m. 2013, present)

Peyton Tucker Reed (born July 3, 1964) is an American television and film director. He directed the comedy films Bring It On (2000), Down with Love (2003), The Break-Up (2006) and Yes Man (2008), as well as the superhero films Ant-Man (2015) and its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).


Reed was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reed directed the motion pictures Bring It On, Down with Love, and The Break-Up; all comedy films. He has also acted in small roles in some films including his own and has written a few original songs for his soundtracks. He has also produced a few music videos.

Peyton Reed was originally set to direct the 20th Century Fox production Fantastic Four, before departing the project and being replaced by director Tim Story.

Reed directed the 2008 film Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey. Yes Man is an adaptation of Danny Wallace's autobiography about his decision to say "yes" to whatever offer, invitation, challenge, or opportunity that is presented to him.

Reed replaced Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man.[2] Prior to joining the production of Ant-Man, Reed was slated to direct a Brian Epstein biopic, based on the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.[3] However, his commitment to the superhero film required him to part ways with The Fifth Beatle.[4] Reed then went on to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to Ant-Man.[5] He is set to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[6]

Reed directed two episodes from the second season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, part of the Star Wars franchise.[7]

Personal life[edit]

When he was a teenager, Peyton Reed drew his punk band as the Avengers on a flyer, including himself as Ant-Man.

Peyton Reed was a DJ for WXYC, the UNC student radio station, during his time enrolled at the university. He worked as a van driver on the set of Bull Durham in 1987, which was partially filmed in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. He also recorded music under the name manCHILD with UNC classmate Norwood Cheek.

Reed lives in the Los Angeles area with his second wife Sheila Naghshineh and their two sons. He was previously married to Beth LaMure from 1998 to 2006.[8]


Feature films



Documentaries/Short films


  • "Pretty Khaki" (for GAP, February 28, 2005)


Film Rotten Tomatoes[10] Metacritic[11] CinemaScore[12] Budget Box office[13]
Bring It On 63% (117 reviews) 52 (31 reviews) B+ $28 million $90.4 million
Down with Love 60% (177 reviews) 52 (39 reviews) C+ $35 million $39.5 million
The Break-Up 34% (192 reviews) 45 (37 reviews) C+[14] $52 million $205 million
Yes Man 46% (154 reviews) 46 (30 reviews) A− $70 million $223.2 million
Ant-Man 83% (330 reviews) 64 (44 reviews) A $130 million $519.3 million
Ant-Man and the Wasp 87% (431 reviews) 70 (56 reviews) A− $162 million $622.3 million


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Stedman, Alex (June 7, 2014). "Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man'".
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 4, 2013). "'The Fifth Beatle' Movie to Start Production in 2014". Variety.
  4. ^ Weintraub, Steve (July 17, 2015). "ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Post-Credits Scenes". Collider. Complex Media. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Cabin, Chris (November 13, 2015). "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Michael Douglas Eyeing Return for Sequel". Collider. Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (November 1, 2019). "Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man 3' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Star Reveals Season 2 Finale Director". TV Shows. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Break-Up Director Peyton Reed to Helm The Fifth Beatle". December 4, 2013.
  9. ^ Hermanns, Grant (May 4, 2020). "Peyton Reed Teases Involvement With The Mandalorian". Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Peyton Reed". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Peyton Reed's Profile". Metacritic. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  12. ^ "CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Peyton Reed Movie Box office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "Surprise! The Break-Up beats X-Men".

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