Free Guy is a 2021 action comedy film directed and produced by Shawn Levy from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and a story by Lieberman.

It stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a non-player character in a massively multiplayer online video game and becomes the hero of the story,

trying to save his friends from deletion by the game's owner. Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi also star.

Free Guy premiered at the Piazza Grande section of the 74th Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland on August 10, 2021.

Following a year-long delay as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was released theatrically in the United States three days later on August 13 in RealD 3D, IMAX, 4DX and Dolby Cinema formats by 20th Century Studios.

It grossed $331.5 million worldwide.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised  the concept and compared it favorably to science fiction films and  action video games such as Ready Player One, The Truman Show, The Matrix, Grand Theft Auto, and Fortnite.

The film received a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 94th Academy Awards.