It had been over a year since a video trailer debuted for a high concept comedy starring Ryan Reynolds titled Free Guy. Back then, we were all able to go to the movies without feeling that tingle of COVID-induced fear. The film finally opens this weekend, and in a cinema that causes the most fear.
Reynolds plays Guy, a non-player character in an open world video game directed by Shawn Levy. When Guy becomes aware of his NPC-in-a-video game situation, he tries to make himself the hero of the game before the game developers shut it down. An adorable mix of science fiction and absurd comedy, Free Guy also stars Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery and Taika Waititi.
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But how do you actually watch the film? There is more confusion than ever about where and when movies are running due to the pandemic. I’m happy to help you with Decider. Free Guy will be available via streaming on the following sites and when it will be available.
Does Free Guy stream online?
Not yet. Right now the only way to watch Free Guy is in a movie theater. (You may want to wear a mask when you go!) You can find a performance near you here.
When and where can you watch Free Guy streaming?
The Free Guy streaming release date is most likely Monday, September 27, 2021. Since the film is a 20th Century Studios production, Disney Plus and/or Hulu are the most likely streaming platforms.
Free Guy will be a cinema exclusive for 45 days after its launch on August 13, 2021. This means that the film will be eligible for streaming from September 27, 2021. 20th Century Studios will distribute the film, which Disney owns. As a result, a Free Guy Hulu or Disney+ launch seems most likely.
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It is unlikely that Disney would immediately release the film on a competing streaming platform such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
It is, of course, possible that Free Guy will come to streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video in the future. Should that happen, however, it will most likely be once the film has hit its stride on its own Disney streaming platforms.
WILL FREE GUY BE ON HBO MAX?
New. Free Guy is not a Warner Bros. movie. HBO Max, which is owned by Warner Media, is just the streaming service of the first Warner Bros. blockbusters like The Suicide Squad. Because Free Guy is distributed by 20th Century Studios — which is now owned by Disney — it won’t be streamed on HBO Max while it’s in theaters. While it’s possible that Free Guy will make an appearance on HBO Max someday, it won’t be anytime soon.
IS FREE DUDE ON NETFLIX?
New. Free Guy is not on Netflix. Since Free Guy is technically a Disney movie, it’s more likely to end up on Disney+. But you can stream another Ryan Reynolds movie, Six Underground, on Netflix if you’re up for that Reynolds action right now.
Is Free Guy available with Disney+ Premier Access?
New. Well, probably not. We still have no confirmation as to whether Free Guy will hit Disney+ or Hulu once it has its streaming release, so there’s no official word on this.
The Disney+ Premier Access feature is intended to allow viewers to stream movies while they are still in theaters for an additional fee of $29.99 on top of their existing Disney+ subscription. This was the case with some of Disney’s biggest releases of 2021, including Black Widow and Cruella. But since Free Guy will only be in theaters when it’s released, it’s unlikely you’ll need Premier Access to watch it once it comes to streaming.
When will Free Guy be on Digital or VOD?
Despite the fact that free man will have an exclusive theatrical release, it may still end up on streaming or Video-On-Demand after its first run. The film has an exclusive theatrical period of 45 days during which it will not be available anywhere else. What happens next is a guess.
Based on how well the film does in theaters, it could get an early release on Digital or VOD. In fact, it’s very likely that Free Guy will eventually end up on Disney+ or Hulu after it closes its theatrical window.
This is of course still speculation and it has not yet been officially confirmed. So for now you have to get out of your house if you want to watch the movie.
Is Free Guy in cinemas?
Free Guy is expected to hit theaters on August 13, 2021 in the United States. This is over a year from the film’s original release date, so fans will be thrilled to finally see it on the big screen.
The film was initially set to premiere on July 3, 2020. But like most movies of 2020, Free Guy’s release was also delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first pushed to December 11, 2020 and then scrapped from the studio’s release schedule altogether. It was then moved to May 21, 2021.
In March 2021, Ryan Reynolds announced that the Free Guy premiere had been moved again, this time to its current release date. Hopefully this one sticks.
Movie fans have long been away from theaters, but with coronavirus cases dropping across the country and expanding the vaccine rollout, they can finally return to their local theaters. But that said, take all precautions and check your state’s most recent safety guidelines before booking your tickets to the show.