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Free Guy release date, characters, plot and trailer

If you're a fan of lovable goofball Ryan Reynolds — and if you're not, you're going to want to get your funny bone checked — then you've got to be psyched for Free Guy, one of the most ridiculously awesome-looking movies of recent years. The movie's logline is as simple as it ingenious: Guy (Reynolds), an NPC in the GTA-esque video game Free City, becomes aware that he is in a video game. He must become an unlikely hero in order to prevent his world's destruction — that is, the game being shut down by its developers — when the errant code that made him self-aware is discovered.

Being the star of the Deadpool franchise, Reynolds is certainly used to cracking wise and kicking ass as all hell breaks loose around him. The character of Guy, though, looks like quite a radical departure from the Merc with a Mouth — while still being a role absolutely fine-tuned to the actor's comedic sensibilities.

Free Guy appears to be a flick that has it all: a director and writers uniquely suited to its bonkers premise, Reynolds' singularly endearing presence, a crack supporting cast, and just so many explosions and firefights. It's also (get this) an original story swimming in a sea of reboots, remakes, and sequels — not that those things can't be great. 

All signs point to this flick being the most hilariously insane thing to hit the big screen in recent memory, and we simply can't wait for it to get in front of our faces. In anticipation of what is sure to be some kind of twisted modern classic, here's everything we know so far about Free Guy.

What is the release date of Free Guy?

Before we dig into the juicy details, let's get this out of the way. Free Guy is currently slated for release on July 3, 2020 — and unless you've literally been living under a rock, or have been on a lengthy silent meditation retreat for some time (in which case, hello, Mr. Leto), you probably have an idea where we're going with this. While there has not yet been an official announcement, it seems quite likely that this date will soon be pushed back in the interest of public health.

Free Guy is actually one of the first major films to be released under the 20th Century Studios banner, the moniker bestowed upon the former 20th Century Fox after its acquisition by Disney. The House of Mouse has taken a judicious approach with its 2020 releases; while the studio has pushed back the premiere dates of such huge tentpoles as the live-action Mulan remake and Marvel's Black Widow, it basically hasn't done so until it became absolutely clear that it was necessary.

At this point, it's quite possible that movie theaters will be back open for business by the time July rolls around. Even if they are, though, it's safe to say that movies making their debuts during that frame might see their box office receipts hobbled by a wary public. We should know within the next month or so whether Free Guy will hold steady, and we'll be updating this post accordingly — so you may want to bookmark it.

Got it? Great. Now for the fun stuff.

Who are the characters in Free Guy?

Free Guy is directed by Shawn Levy (who helmed the Night at the Museum movies) from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman (Playing with Fire) and Zak Penn, a veteran scribe who has worked on everything from Men in Black to The Avengers. Their cast is literally riddled with ringers, several of whom were cast largely due to their connections to the video game world. Popping up in supporting roles and/or cameos will be YouTuber Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, Twitch star Imane "Pokemane" Anys, Let's Play machine Lannan "LazarBeam" Eacott, and Sean "Jacksepticeye" McLaughlin, whom we know will be voicing the iconic video game character Q*Bert. Since that character speaks nearly exclusively in bleeped curses, this should be interesting.

Appearing in the main cast are none other than everyone's favorite Kiwi Taika Waititi (The Mandalorian) as video game developer Antoine, Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) as programmer Milly and her in-game alter ego Molotov Girl, Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as programmer Keys, and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) as Guy's fellow NPC and buddy, er, Buddy.

One thing we're extremely curious about: who or what will serve as the in-game Big Bad. While Guy will be working against external forces to keep his world from collapsing, it stands to reason that he'll have some kind of virtual nemesis to contend with, as well; if so, this plot point hasn't been made public.

What is the plot of Free Guy?

Of course, we do know that there will be all kinds of shootin' and explodin' going on as Guy attempts to save his world — we just don't know whether the game's many dangerous characters will be overseen by a boss. Also unknown: just how Comer's dual character will figure in. She's been presented as an in-game ally to Guy in the marketing materials so far, and as one of the game's programmers in the real world, so it sure seems like she must have a key role to play in convincing Waititi's developer to keep from screwing around the code, or simply pulling the plug.

Beyond Guy's gradual evolution into a hero after one day deciding out of the blue to disrupt his routine due to the errant code, we simply don't have a heck of a lot of plot points — which is probably a good thing, as we feel like this is going to be a flick that's full of hilarious and inspired surprises. We sure have a solid idea of its overall vibe, though, thanks to the one promo spot that we've gotten so far.

Is there a trailer for Free Guy?

About this trailer, all we can say is: it is gloriously bonkers. Reynolds is an absolutely perfect match for the material; believe us, while we do understand that it's pretty difficult to see him as anyone other than Deadpool at this point, we assure you that will no longer be the case after one viewing of this spot.

Set to the bouncy strains of Mariah Carey's "Fantasy," we get a side-splitting look at a typical day in Guy's life, his snap decision to suddenly involve himself in the mayhem that results in his world turning upside-down, and his utterly spot-on reaction to his realization that this world is not exactly, you know, real. We also get an idea of the excellent comedic chemistry between Reynolds and Comer, and — did we mention this? — more explosions, gunfights, and insane stunts than you can shake a dozen sticks at.

Honestly, we can't remember the last time we were this pumped for an original, non-franchise film; our only problem with it is that we're not watching it right now. Stay tuned, as we'll keep you posted on any new details to be made public, as well as any possible release date adjustments.