Deadline reports the 41-year-old actor is set to star in the comedy Free Guy. Although Reynolds will be the star, he'll portray a background character of a "brutal open-world, action-adventure video game" (a la Grand Theft Auto we're guessing). In the movie, he'll gain knowledge that his world is not real—and the crummy knowledge that his bank-telling job is only a farce. Deadline says it's "in the vein of The Truman Show." But unlike Jim Carrey's character in the 1998 film, he won't be the only person not in on the gag. Reynolds is the only one who knows it's not real while the entire video game world doesn't know they're in a game.
Director Shawn Levy, who's known for quirky and endearing projects like 2006's The Pink Panther, Date Night, The Internship, and several episodes of Stranger Things, will helm Free Guy.
This isn't the only project Reynolds has coming up. He's slated to star in Michael Bay's 6 Underground for Netflix, and is voicing the beloved Pokemon mascot in Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, and a film about the board game, Clue. He's also slated to continue working on the Deadpool 2 follow-up, X-Force, with Fox. He's also planning to make a stoner comedy inspired by the Home Alone franchise.