As of late, Ryan Reynolds films— and ads, for that matter—are generally action-packed and full of goofy energy. But with his next film, the actor is pivoting to something with a bit more emotional fare. But don’t worry, it sounds like he’s found a role that’s still plenty witty. The Free Guy actor leads the very star-studded film The Adam Project, which debuts on Netflix in March. And it’s official trailer has arrived, bringing a whole lot of fun, sci-fi fare.
In it, Reynolds plays a time-traveling pilot named Adam Reed, who, per the logline “teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.” The trailer’s description indicates the elder Adam “accidentally” crash-landed in 2022. So it sounds like he didn’t intend to bring his younger self along for the mission but hey, maybe two Adams are better than one!
Walker Scobell plays the younger Adam, while Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo play Adam’s parents. (Reuniting on-screen 18 years after 13 Going on 30!) Catherine Keener and Zoe Saldaña also star. Keener allegedly plays the film’s villain, who steals powerful technology from Ruffalo’s physicist character.
Netflix also released a whole bunch of first look images, which teases action, tension, and maybe even some tears.
On a basic level, the concept is fairly intriguing. Time travel logic in media is famously a bit murky, with each piece of media using its own set of rules—for better or, more often, for worse. (Although few have pulled it off as brilliantly as the Netflix series Dark.) But given The Adam Project sees Reynolds’ adult Adam reunite with his younger self, his deceased father, and his mom—there is a lot to consider. And not just because it sounds like quite an emotionally fraught situation. What kind of futuristic technology are we working with? What does it take to alter the future timeline—a catastrophic change or something as simple as adult Adam buying a coffee? I’m certainly looking forward to finding out.
Although it sounds like, the adult Adam wants the future to change. Or at least revert back to something else. Adam says in the trailer, “This world, out world, everything has already been changed. We’re gonna put the genie back into the bottle.” It sounds like his father’s death—or this life’s work—play a pretty pivotal part in this altered world.
Shawn Levy directs and produces The Adam Project, while in addition to starring, Ryan Reynolds is also a producer. The film boasts a script from Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin.
The Adam Project debuts on Netflix on March 11, 2022.
Originally published on February 1, 2022.