Production has commenced on the upcoming adventure comedy Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a lonely bank teller who discovers he’s actually a background character in an open-world video game. Filming is taking place in Boston with Shawn Levy at the helm. Levy’s credits range from comedies like Date Night to adventure films like the Night at the Museum franchise to dramas like This Is Where I Leave You, but recently he’s been best known for being a principal director on Netflix’s Stranger Things alongside creators/showrunners The Duffer Brothers. Free Guy marks Levy’s first directorial feature since 2014’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Joining Reynolds in the ensemble is Killing Eve breakout Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Taika Waititi, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Mulan), and Stranger Things alum Joe Keery. The press release doesn’t mention the credited screenwriters, but sources close to the production tell us that the film began with an original screenplay by Matt Lieberman, which was then rewritten by Reynolds and Zak Penn (Ready Player One).
Levy is producing the film alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schnechter, and Adam Kolbrenner, and behind the camera he’s working with cinematographer George Richmond (Kingsman: The Secret Service), editor Dean Zimmerman (Stranger Things), production designer Ethan Tobman (Room), and costume designer Marlene Stewart (The Fate of the Furious).
The 20th Century Fox production marks one of the first Fox movies to start filming under new ownership by Disney, which will release the film in theaters on July 3, 2020. Check out a photo of the cast below.