In 2021, the movie Free Guy was released in cinemas, in which Ryan Reynolds played a character from a fictional computer game who realized his existence and decided to save his world. The film collected quite well at the box office, which means that a sequel is expected.
Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy confirmed last year that Free Guy 2 is already in the works. And this weekend at Britain’s Just for Laughs comedy festival, Reynolds was asked about a sequel and had a few words to say about its existence. He admitted that there is potential for the story to continue.
“I would love it. But also like, does everything fucking have to be a sequel?,” he asked. “So you know, there’s a bit of a push and pull there, resisting the urge to just immediately say, ‘Ohh, doing a sequel will validate the first one.’ No, the first movie validates the first one and then you can leave it at that. So I don’t know, we’re still talking about it.”
Chances are there will be a Free Guy 2 after all, and Reynolds will revisit or expand on his comments sometime in the year (perhaps during a Deadpool 3 press conference). But his apparent lack of interest in a sequel at this time may indicate that actors feel out of place when they find themselves tied to franchises. Zoë Saldaña made similar comments on the eve of the release Avatar: The Way of Water, as did Dave Batista in January. Today, the attachment of actors to franchises is inevitable, but as we can see, not everyone is happy about it.