“Free Guy” is more than a “video game movie”
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds has garnered worldwide recognition as well as rave reviews for his portrayal of the iconic superhero dead Pool, including Golden Globe nominations and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations. Reynolds’ new project is free guy, a sci-fi action comedy that imagines an interesting development in the world of a video game.
Reynolds takes on the role of an NPC (non-playable character) in an open-world video game that gains sensitivity after incorporating a new program. The film conducts an existential investigation into free will and self-determination, following in the footsteps of popular science fiction works like The matrix.
By comparing his own personality to the character, Reynolds said: “Well, my fault is just pure trash, inside. So it’s a bit new to me. There is something really wonderful about playing a character who is a little naive and innocent. “
Adding, “I think there’s something really fun about exploring everything with new eyes, what this character can do, and filtering that through the prism of comedy and sometimes cynicism. I love playing a character that comes out of the background to become that new person.
The film is set to be directed by Shawn Levy, known for his work on the Night at the museum cinema and Strange things. “Every filmmaker wants the stories they tell to be seen as loud and as big as possible… We live in a new world of streaming, and I have feet in this world too,” the filmmaker commented.
He continued, “But free guy was done with one goal in mind, which is collective enjoyment. It’s an experience you can get on your couch at home, but it’s really different with other humans in the dark.
According to Reynolds, free guy is not just a reductive vision of video games: “It’s interesting to me, everyone says ‘this is a film based on a video game’. I really don’t think Free Guy is a video game movie. It’s like saying Titanic is a movie about navigation.
“It’s a movie about so much more. But I loved the narrow target we had to hit to create a world that felt authentic to players, and then bring that other story into this one.
free guy will finally be released in August after several delays due to the pandemic. Watch the trailer for Ryan Reynolds’ latest film below.