20th Century Fox has attached Ryan Reynolds to star in Free Guy, with Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy set to direct the film.
Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are producing alongside Adam Kolbrenner. This will be part of the multi-year film deal that Berlanti signed with Fox, where Maximum Effort and 21 Laps also have deals.
Reynolds and Levy are also on board as producers. Reynolds will produce via his Maximum Effort label while Levy will produce via 21 Laps. George Dewey is executive producing.
Free Guy, acquired as a Matt Lieberman spec script in 2016, centers on a background character who realizes he’s living in a video game. With the help of an avatar, he tries to prevent the makers of the game from shutting down his world.
Coming off Deadpool 2, Reynolds next stars in the Michael Bay-directed action film 6 Underground for Netflix, lends the lead voice in Legendary’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, and he’s circling several other films including X-Force, the Sam Raimi-directed Bermuda Triangle and Clue, the Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick film based on the board game that was the first film set at Fox under Reynolds’ Maximum Effort overall deal.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter