Killing Eve's Jodie Comer was cast in Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy for her vocal versatility

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Killing Eve star Jodie Comer has already proven that she's a natural with accents in her role as Villanelle and now Ryan Reynolds has revealed that her talent for voices was actually one of the reasons she was cast in his new film.

The pair co-star in Free Guy, a comedy which takes place in an open-world video game called Free City. When non-playable character Guy (Reynolds) discovers that the game is due to be shut down he decides to rebel against his programmed actions and make his own identity in the game.

One of the game's coders Milly (Comer) then decides to create her own avatar called Molotov Girl to give Guy a hand in fighting against the game being shut down – and the character comes with a couple of very distinct accents.

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But Comer revealed to Total Film magazine that she was "worried about doing the accent", admitting that she doesn't want to become known for putting on different accents in her roles.

"I was like, 'I don't want to go into every role being like: 'I can do this accent!'" she said.

But Reynolds explained that her prowess with accents was one of the things that most impressed him about her, saying: "I think she did three different accents in one particular scene in her audition".

"She just had it," he added. "It's one of those moments where (director) Shawn (Levy) and I are looking at each other, going, 'Let's just stop now, and get to work'."

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But the actress, who has also starred in Doctor Foster, didn't just get the role because she's an accent whiz – it was also her 'pure talent'.

"Jodie is not known as a comedy actor but she is so purely talented that I was willing to bet on that," Levy explained. "We weren't looking to just make a video game movie, or a comedy. We were looking to make an aspirational and ultimately poignant story of empowerment so we needed an actor's actor, not just a funny actress, for that role.

"We needed someone who could deliver on the comedy, but perhaps most importantly, on the emotionality of that role."

Reynolds is so excited about the movie, which also stars Stranger Things' Joe Keery and Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi, that he recently described it as "my favorite movie I've ever done. Just an absolute fastball of joy."

Free Guy is currently due for release on December 11, 2020.

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