Ryan Reynolds seems destined to never break out of his grinning, ab-tastic mold. He’s got Buried coming out later this year, which may be his first opportunity to actually, you know, act. But other than that, it’s a steady stream of goofy romcoms, comic book movies, and roles as the wiseacre. The newest role he’s accepted doesn’t seem to stray from that trend.
Dark Horizons (via Collider) is reporting that Reynolds is set to star in the supernatural buddy-cop action flick, R.I.P.D., based on the Dark Horse comic of the same name. From Dark Horse’s website, here’s the synopsis:
Welcome to the Rest In Peace Department — the devoted, yet dead, officers of divine law enforcement “patrolling the deadbeat…reporting to one boss.” Yep — THAT boss. Nick Cruz was murdered by an unknown assailent (sic), at the height of his personal and professional life. Now he’s traded a hundred years of service to the R.I.P.D. in exchange for a shot at finding who killed him. Unfortunately his search will take him to Hell and back — literally!
At first I thought it was some sort of reboot of the old Treat Williams/Joe Piscopo vehicle, Dead Heat, which would have been a shame, because I remember that one sort of fondly, but that’s mainly because I love Treat Williams. Regardless, the film will feature Reynolds as a young cop killed in the line of duty who teams up with a centuries-old gunslinger to find his killer. It will likely feature numerous clever one liners for Reynolds, and I’m already getting sleepy just writing about it. No director has been attached to the film, which will be rated PG-13.
I like Reynolds, although I’m not sure why. He’s charismatic as hell, good looking, and seems like a nice guy. But seriously. Think for a second. Other than Adventureland, has he ever actually been in a genuinely good movie? Waiting? Definitely, Maybe? That’s the best I can come up with. He’s been fun in a bunch of shitty movies — Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine — though he’s basically just replaying the same characters in those. He better fucking nail Green Lantern, is all I can say.
Seriously, Reynolds, get your shit together.