Reynolds’s name headlines huge studio films, and he has a bunch of exciting projects on the horizon, some filmed and ready to go, while others have only been announced. If you’re a fan of Reynolds’ humor and charm or his great acting ability (and let’s face it: Who isn’t?), check out all of his upcoming must-see movies.
Free Guy stars Reynolds as “Guy,” a normal, everyday bank teller who gains sentience and discovers he’s an NPC in an open-world video game. The film has quite a few stars on the cast, including Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rey Howery, and even the late Alex Trebek, playing himself.
Because of the state of Hollywood right now, the next film up on Reynolds’ schedule went from having a release date of July 3, 2020, to December 10, 2020, and as of earlier this month, it has been completely removed from the release schedule for the time being.
Given this news, it’s unclear when Free Guy will eventually make it to the screens, but fans are still excited. The movie trailer promises a lot of action and fun, but also a positive message, as Reynolds’ NPC character finally gains control of his life and destiny. Here’s hoping audiences get to see Free Guy sooner rather than later.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The upcoming second film, directed by Shawn Levy and entitled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, will bring into focus a fan-favorite character from the first movie, Salma Hayek’s Sonia, the wife of Jackson’s Darius.
There’s no official plot synopsis yet, but it’s likely to have the same feel as the first with enemies chasing down Reynolds and Samuel Jackson — and now Hayek — and shooting at them, as they fight to stay alive and crack jokes in the process.
So far, the studio has only released the first official poster. Like Free Guy, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard was originally scheduled to be released this year, but the movie has been moved back to August 20, 2021.
Another action-comedy, Red Notice is an upcoming Netflix film starring Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the movie is about an Interpol agent, likely Johnson, who is tracking down an art thief and con man, suspected to be Gadot and Reynolds, respectively. Initially, the film was going to be released by Universal with a mid-to-late 2020 release date, but Netflix picked up the rights in July of 2019.
Red Notice initially started production earlier this year but had to stop for several months because of the pandemic, only restarting mid-September (via Deadline). Reynolds announced that he officially wrapped filming at the end of October, thanking the whole quarantine crew with personal video messages. There is no official release date yet.
The Adam Project
The Adam Project is set up at Netflix, and recent casting announcements have added Mark Ruffalo as Reynolds’ physicist father, and Catherine Keener as the movie’s villain who steals Ruffalo’s character’s technology. Jennifer Garner and Zoe Saldana have also joined the cast in unknown roles (via Variety).
The Adam Project will be the first film produced under Reynolds’ The Group Effort Initiative, a diversity initiative that brings in and trains 10 to 20 individuals who are people of color or from marginalized communities to give them real-life experience and opportunities on movie or television productions, all paid for out of Reynolds’ pocket.
Based on production scheduling and other factors, it is estimated that a likely release date for The Adam Project is late 2021 at the earliest, but probably sometime in 2022.
Arguably Reynolds’ most high-profile and highly anticipated movie on this list, Deadpool 3 is now officially greenlit at Disney. It will be the first R-rated film in the MCU and hints at the possibility of Disney+ creating more adult-targeted media for the platform.
So far, Reynolds is the only cast member attached, but there are plenty of great characters from the previous two films who fans would love to see a return. As for a release date, don’t get your hopes up for something soon, as Disney has a lot of movies, Marvel and otherwise, backed up of the release schedule, so it might be a year or two — or possibly longer — before Deadpool 3 comes out.