One of the most recognisable and bankable film actors of his generation, Ryan Reynolds has been a fixture on our screens – big and small – for almost thirty years. The Canadian-American is primarily an actor but he also works as a film producer and entrepreneur, making some high profile acquisitions in various businesses and ventures. Reynolds has kept up his busy schedule over the last 12 months, and numerous projects are set to hit our screens in the near future. Let’s take a closer look at the past, present and future of Ryan Reynolds.
Early life and career
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in October 1976, Ryan Rodney Reynolds first found fame as bully Billy Simpson in Canadian teen soap opera Hillside which ran for 65 episodes from 1991 to 1993. He made an appearance in an episode of the X-Files in 1996, and starred in the TV movie Sabrina The Teenage Witch in the same year. 1996 turned out to be a busy year for Reynolds, as he played Bobby Rupp in a two-part miniseries In Cold Blood, an adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel. From 1998 to 2001 he starred as Berg in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, an American sitcom on NBC.
In 2018 – apparently buoyed by a Negroni or three – Reynolds acquired a stake in Aviation American Gin, planning to take an active role in the creative side of the business as well as ownership. He purchased an ownership stake in Mint Mobile, a telecommunications company, in 2019. Somewhat surreally, Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney purchased Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, with the Wrexham Supporters Trust backing the deal in late 2020.
From 2004 onwards, Reynolds became a well-known star, appearing in major Hollywood films such as Blade: Trinity, The Amityville Horror, Definitely, Maybe and Green Lantern. 2015 saw the release of Mississippi Grind with Reynolds starring as struggling gambler Gerry. The film was released to widespread acclaim from critics and has no doubt inspired many fans to try their luck online where they can find a wide variety of casino games. In 2016, he found critical and commercial success with Deadpool and Deadpool 2, with a third movie in the series confirmed this year.
Recent and upcoming projects
The third Deadpool movie – set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and scheduled for release in late 2022 – is just one of a number of upcoming features with Reynolds either starring or producing. Once pigeonholed as a rom-com mainstay, there is a much wider variety of genres in the upcoming films, and recent features have included diverse roles spanning comedy, drama and action. Let’s take a look at some movies to look out for.
A comedy about a video game character who becomes self-aware, Free Guy will be the first Reynolds project hitting our screens after a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. Supposedly coming to IMAX in the United States in August 2021, the movie features Jodie Comer and Joe Keery in supporting roles.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Slated for a June 2021 release – although production started in 2019 – this clunkily titled sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) sees Reynolds team up once more with screen legend Samuel L. Jackson for another globe-trotting action-comedy. Once again the release has been delayed by the pandemic.
Originally set to be released by Universal Pictures, Netflix bought the rights to this upcoming and highly hyped comedy thriller in 2019. Red Notice sees Reynolds team up with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and marks his third collaboration with Rawson Marshall Thurber after Central Intelligence (2016) and Skyscraper (2018). Johnson plays a top INTERPOL tracker, who gets embroiled in a heist with the world’s greatest con-man Reynolds and the world’s greatest art thief (played by Gal Gadot). Hijinks will inevitably follow. Netflix will go all out promoting the film as it is one of the most expensive they’ve ever produced, with an eye-watering estimated budget of $200 million.
The Croods 2: A New Age
The sequel to the popular animated adventure comedy The Croods (2013) saw Reynolds reprise his role as teenage cave boy Guy. This time he is sent on a quest by his dying parents to find a place called “Tomorrow”. Fun and games ensue on the way, with frightening creatures to be eluded, and a scheming family called the Bettermans, who try to coax Guy away from his family. Released on November 25th 2020 to generally positive reviews – silly, colourful and entertaining being the watchwords – the film took $56 million at the box office in the United States and Canada, and $105 million worldwide.
Ryan Reynolds has been keeping busy over the last year, with several exciting projects in the pipeline and numerous business interests to look out for. Here’s hoping that cinemas can open safely soon so that we all can enjoy the fruits of all this labour.