Call it Wreck-It Reynolds.

Ever since two Brooklyn plumbers Mario and Luigi ventured onto the big screen, videogame movies have been notoriously bad. It’s considered a curse in the industry. But here comes a new perspective: an original movie about videogames.

The first Free Guy trailer reveals Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds and Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer in a virtual world. From director Shawn Levy, a longtime producer on Stranger Things and helmer on The Internship, comes this story about a guy named Guy (Reynolds). He’s a bank teller who yearns to break free from his increasingly boring life, but then he realizes why his life is so repetitive.

Guy is not actually, well, a guy. He’s a background character — a NPC (non-playable character), in gamer speak — within a brutal, open-world videogame called Free City, which is headed for cancellation. Guy becomes self-aware, which catches the eyes of the developers. Thus begins Guy’s mission to save his game and himself from termination.

In her first big Hollywood movie role since her breakthrough Emmy-winning performance as Villanelle in Killing Eve, Comer plays two characters in the film: Millie, one of the game’s developers, and Molotov Girl, Millie’s in-game avatar.

Free Guy poster
Credit: Fox

Appearing in various roles are Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as Keys, Utkarsh Ambudkar (Disney’s live-action Mulan) as Mouser, and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) as Buddy, as well as Taika Waititi (Reynolds’ one-time Green Lantern costar) and videogame personality Ninja.

Free Guy is scheduled for theaters on July 3, 2020.

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