Taika Waititi is joining Ryan Reynolds' action comedy Free Guy, Deadline reports, which follows a bank teller who discovers that he's actually a player inside a video game. With the help of an avatar, he tries to prevent the makers of the game from shutting down his world.
The film, directed by Shawn Levy, also stars Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Joe Kerry (Stranger Things), Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brockmire), and Lil Rel (Get Out).
There's no word on who Taika Waititi would play. He's become best known for his directing work -- including Marvel Studios' Thor: Ragnarok -- but he also has a solid list of acting roles.
One of his early roles was in the 2011 DC Comics movie Green Lantern. Taika Waititi played Ferris Aircraft engineer Thomas Kalmaku, friend of Ryan Reynolds' Hal Jordan/Green Lantern. Check out a scene with Hal and Tom, with Hal showing Tom his suit:
It's a fun scene -- Taika looks so different! -- but Green Lantern was a notorious misfire across the board, and Ryan Reynolds has been joking about it ever since. Still, he co-starred with Blake Lively, who is now his wife, and the rest of the cast was equally strong. And now Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi are reuniting nearly 10 years later, when their careers are in very very different (and better) places.
Now Ryan Reynolds is becoming synonymous with Deadpool, but fans are also excited for his Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, which opens in May. He also has the sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard in the works.
As for Taika Waititi, he has become such a sought-after writer/director, he was the only one fans were semi-OK with taking on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when it looked like James Gunn wouldn't return.
Taika Waititi is directing an episode of Disney+'s Star Wars series The Mandalorian, and he might also be voicing a character. He's also a director and producer of the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, which is based on his film.
Last we heard, Free Guy was looking at a July 3, 2020 release date -- but don't go circling the date on your movie calendar, 'cause it may move. In the meantime, keep up with what we do know is coming this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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