In Free Guy's First Trailer, Ryan Reynolds is the Only Dude for the Job

Ryan Reynolds, just being a guy.
Ryan Reynolds, just being a guy.
Image: 20th Century Fox

What if you were able to break the boundaries of the role society placed you in? And what if you were, also, literally, a video game character? And what if you were also played by Ryan Reynolds in a new motion picture? Wait. Hang on. This metaphor has fallen apart.


Let me try again: In Free Guy, Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, just a dude living a monotonous, not-at-all meaningful life as a bank teller. Until he finds out that the reason his life isn’t meaningful is because he’s in an open-world video game, and he’s not a player character. Reclaiming his agency and some snazzy new player-character gear, he becomes the freest guy around, rubbing shoulders with the players, fighting the bad guys, and becoming a bonafide hero.

In the movie’s first trailer, we see Reynolds, alongside co-stars Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Lil Rey Howery, and Taika Waititi, having a blast as the simulated reality of Guy’s video game starts to fall apart. It looks silly but in a charming, incredibly Ryan Reynolds sort of way, and it seems like it could be a lot of fun.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Free Guy will open in theaters July 3, 2020. 

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Silverware Gorilla

I look forward to seeing if higher budget films can tank Reynolds’ career. Big budgets suck the funny out of the best of ‘em. As soon as Reynolds appears in a movie with talking animated animals.. it’s over.