Watch Ryan Reynolds Navigate An Open-World Video Game In The New Free Guy Trailer

16 December 2019
Culture, Film, Free Guy, Taika Waititi, Joe Keery, Ryan reynolds
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Reynolds stars as a bank teller who discovers he’s actually a background player in a video game

Ever since Ryan Reynolds first donned that Deadpool costume, there is little he could put out in a cinema that we wouldn’t see. It’s a rather notable feat, considering that this is the same man who starred in 2011’s Green Lantern, a film that even Reynolds himself has questioned why, how, and just what was he thinking? Such catastrophes of a grand scale could have spelled the end of this funny-man’s career, but instead Reynolds honed his craft, found a script that he felt passionate about, and delivered us all a character so likeable and so uniquely its own, that had Green Lantern been released this year...well, it may actually have had something of a turn out.

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Clearly only going from strength to strength, Reynolds now stars in the upcoming flick, Free Guy which sees him reprise his notably quippy action movie man persona alongside former GQ Middle East cover star, Joe Keery. In the film, Reynolds stars as Guy, a bank teller who discovers he’s actually an NPC (non-player character) in an intense, open-world video game. The video game is called Free City and as nice as the name sounds, it’s actually pretty brutal with players running around murdering each other, sometimes with fighter jets.

For the uninitiated non-gamers out there, NPCs are often used as target practice for players. So, when he finds out that he’s one, you can imagine how desperate Guy is to get out of there. But when he learns that the game’s creator wants to shut it down, Free City needs a hero and it’s Reynolds’ Guy that steps up to the task.

Some fans have been quick to note similarities in the concept to The Truman Show, however instead of appearing in his own TV show, Reynolds is instead a player – and not even an important one at that.

The official synopsis for the film reads: “In Free Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way...before it is too late. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, Free Guy is directed by Shawn Levy from a story by Matt Lieberman and a screenplay by Lieberman and Zak Penn.”

Surely, if Reynolds wasn’t enough of a drawcard to entice audiences, knowing that Taika Waititi is also in the film will most definitely get us there for a watch.

Via GQ Australia