Free Guy, a comedy that centers itself in a socially-distant video game virtual landscape, ironically finds itself as one of the most prominent stragglers in the dwindling group of major movies still on schedule for a theatrical release in 2020. Indeed, the December-scheduled film continues to tout its plans to hit theaters with the release of a new trailer.
Shawn Levy (Stranger Things, Real Steel) directed the film off a script by Matt Lieberman (Scoob!, The Addams Family) and Zak Penn (Ready Player One, X-Men: The Last Stand). Ryan Reynolds stars as the eponymous Guy, a suddenly self-aware NPC (non-playable character) in a fictional open world video game who, upon forming a romantic connection with a player (Jodie Comer), starts living his best (virtual) life, eventually faced with having to save his world.
On that note, check out the new Free Guy trailer just below.
A frequent observation about this film in the duration of its now-year-long buildup is that Free Guy is the product of familiar multimedia elements, notably with its open world game setting being a dead ringer of sorts for games like the Grand Theft Auto series, which are hotbeds for consequence-free wanton violence and destruction. Yet, the A.I. with a heart of a gold idea certainly stems from virtual world-set offerings such as the Tron films, and even director Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One movie adaptation. Yet, there’s even a dash of reality-altering tropes that make Guy’s life resemble the voyeurism of The Truman Show, and the trailer even touts a scene in which he dies and abruptly respawns in bed to an alarm clock in what is likely a repeated sequence, à la Groundhog Day. However, in this case, the romance of Reynolds’s NPC and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer role as player Molotov Girl seems to intertwine with an incredulous coder named Keys, played by Stranger Things’ Joe Keery. The main cast also features Taika Waititi as Antoine and Lil Rel Howery as Guy’s best friend, the also generically-named Buddy.