The upcoming Ryan Reynolds video-game-based movie, Free Guy, has begun to add some more cast members. The film, which finds the Deadpool star realizing he's an NPC (non-playable character) in a video game, has officially begun moving forward, but this news comes at a price — the director of Free Guy, Shawn Levy, will no longer be able to continue developing a film adaptation of the hit video game franchise Uncharted.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jodie Comer has been cast to star opposite Reynolds in the film, written by Matt Lieberman. She will play the avatar of the game's player (named Molotov Girl) and will also double as the creator of the game itself. Comer's casting is exciting news, as she skyrocketed into the big leagues this past year with a terrifying turn in the hit BBC America series Killing Eve.
Joining Comer will be Get Out actor Lil Rel Howery (above), as well as Joe Keery (below), who plays "Oh Wait, Maybe He's Not So Bad" Steve Harrington on Stranger Things. Howery will play the best friend of Reynolds' character, and Keery will play a programmer with a secret agenda.
This casting comes with a green light from 20th Century Fox, which means that Levy will have to step away from the long-in-progress Uncharted adaptation. Levy is far from the first director who has circled that project (David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Joe Carnahan have all sniffed around it at some point), but Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland remains attached to star in the lead role of Nathan Drake.
Free Guy will begin shooting in April, and Sony will now need to seek a new director to chart Nathan Drake's adventure (SYFY WIRE has reached out to the studio for comment).