Happy College Football Conference Championship weekend, everybody. Given that this is one of Disney’s biggest sports broadcasting weekends of the year — only eclipsed by the actual playoff later this month and the championship game in January — it makes sense that the Mouse would drop a big ol’ trailer in the middle of the Big 12 championship, which featured one of Saturday’s biggest match-ups in Oklahoma vs. Baylor. Surprisingly enough, it was a Fox feature, Shawn Levy‘s video game comedy Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi and Joe Keery, that got the spotlight instead of a traditional family-friendly Disney product. And you know what? It looks solid, and we’re not gonna bet against the dude who made Real Steel, which we’re still hoping gets a sequel one day.
Here’s the trailer:
So, this looks fun enough! We guess that it’s good that Disney already owns this film so that they wouldn’t have to sue somebody for ripping off Wreck-It Ralph, but this looks like a perfectly cromulent Ryan Reynolds movie. It’s amusing (and somewhat terrifying) that Reynolds is already settling into his Court Jester position within Disney, given that pre-footage title card ragging on the Mouse’s remakes this year, and it seems like it’ll be a bellwether as to how the Deadpool franchise — and the actor’s smart-ass persona — transitions to a studio who famously hates humor about its properties that isn’t brand-friendly.
Take a look at the film’s first poster, which is actually kinda fun, all things considered:
Here’s an ellipsis-filled synopsis:
“In Twentieth Century Fox’s epic adventure-comedy ‘Free Guy,’ a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, decides to become the hero of his own story…one he rewrites himself. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way…before it is too late.”