The official trailer for the Shawn Levy directed action-comedy Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer was released on Thursday.
The film follows the Deadpool actor, 44, as a bank teller who realizes he is a background player in an open-world video game, prompting him to re-write himself as the ‘good guy.’
The star-studded cast also includes Stranger Things’ Joe Keery and Taika Waititi as the game-world’s mastermind. The Twentieth Century Studios’ production is set for release on August 13.
Free Guy: The trailer for the Ryan Reynolds led action-comedy Free Guy, a story about a man who realizes he’s trapped in an open-world video game was released on June 10
‘Superhero origin story’: ‘This is in some ways a superhero origin story minus the IP of a superhero, because he’s just a real guy who slowly realizes he might have a power in his life beyond what he thought,’ Levy said in an interview
Reynolds’ character Guy goes about what he sees as normal daily life in a city riddled with absolute chaos (bank heists, people crashing through windows), until Comer’s character Milly unlocks the truth about the simulation that he has been living in all along.
After she reveals the reality of his situation, Guy is determined to re-write his own destiny as the hero of the world, and they take on the city together — eventually striking up a romantic connection.
When Waititi’s ‘God-like’ character Antoine, gets wind of Guy’s knowledge, he is determined to destroy both him and the world he’s created which has been dubbed ‘Free City.’
And in typical video-game style, the film features tons of special effects and graphic text bubbles, including various game style ‘missions’ that pop up on screen, and even ‘brutality bonuses’ for inflicting pain.
Truth teller: Comer’s character unlocks the truth about his world and the pair eventually strike up a romantic connection
Coming together: Comer and Reynolds’ characters take on the world together and eventually strike up a romantic connection
The story comes down good guys versus bad guys.
It also sees appearances by Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and a slew of influential real-life gamers including Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys, and Dan ‘DanTDM’ Middleton.
The story was developed by Matt Lieberman (Playing With Fire) and Zak Penn (Ready Player One) and the actual film was shot in Boston in 2019.
In a set visit interview with Screen Rant, director Levy described the film’s premise (beneath the big-budget gaming effects) as a story about coming into oneself and also shared that it was inspired in some ways by the world of Grand Theft Auto and other games.
‘It’s about his slow awakening to consciousness regarding his world, his identity and the potential of both,’ Levy said.
Video game: The film breaks the fourth wall to show the people playing the video game itself as Guy is seen on gaming consoles at home
Taking control: On a mission to take charge of his life Reynolds’ character becomes the ‘great guy’ hero of the film
Mastermind: The New Zealand director Waititi (who is dating Rita Ora) plays the evil mastermind of the game-world
Giving back: In one scene Guy is seen thwarting a robbery and giving money to a good player in the film
Reality: Comer’s character Milly is responsible for unlocking the truth about the world that Guy is living in and he decides to re-write himself as the hero of the game
He continued to say it was also about ‘slow empowerment,’ and chalked it up to a ‘superhero origin story’ of sorts.
‘In a video game world where anything is possible, if you became aware of the artifice of your world, you might be capable of anything. So it’s about the slow empowerment.
‘From day one, we talked about that this is in some ways a superhero origin story minus the IP of a superhero, because he’s just a real guy who slowly realizes he might have a power in his life beyond what he thought.’
The film is produced by Reynolds, Levy, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Adam Kolbrenner with Mary McLaglen, Josh McLaglen, George Dewey, Dan Levine and Michael Riley McGrath serving as executive producer. It is set for theatrical release on August 13.
Game-inspired: The film is inspired loosely by games such as Grand Theft Auto, and Uncharted; pictured Keery, Ambudkar, Howery, Comer, Reynolds, and Levy at New York Comic Con in support of the fim; pictured 2019