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Ryan Reynolds ends acting 'sabbatical' after signing on to star in new movie with John Krasinski


Ryan Reynolds ends acting ‘sabbatical’ after signing on to star in new movie with John Krasinski










He wanted to step away from making movies for a while. 

Less than a month after announcing that he was taking a break from acting, Ryan Reynolds has already signed on to a new project. 

The actor, 45, will have a starring role in Imaginary Friends, a comedy written and directed by The Office star John Krasinski.  

Annoucning the end before it begins: Reynolds signed on to Imaginary Friends, a movie centered around a man who talks to the imaginary friends of others

Annoucning the end before it begins: Reynolds signed on to Imaginary Friends, a movie centered around a man who talks to the imaginary friends of others

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will also take a major role in the movie, as will Harry Potter actress Fiona Shaw. 

Imaginary Friends will follow a man who talks to imaginary friends that other people outgrew. He finds that the friends are very resentful from such an action. 

Production is set to begin next summer, giving Reynolds a little time off before he has to get back on set. The film is currently scheduled for a Thanksgiving 2023 release.  

A star-studded movie: Reynolds will star alongside Krasinski, who will write and direct the film (pictured 2020)

A star-studded movie: Reynolds will star alongside Krasinski, who will write and direct the film (pictured 2020) 

A popular face: Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag fame will also take on a major role in the movie

A popular face: Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Fleabag fame will also take on a major role in the movie

The star’s decision to sign on to the movie comes just a day after he revealed that he tends to fixate on his projects.  

I tend to bite off way more than I could or should chew. I think maybe it’s just that Canadian sensibility: “Well, I said I was going to, so I have to deliver this,”‘ the Canadian 45-year-old said in his WSJ. magazine cover story, which hits newsstands November 13.

‘I will do that at the cost of my own well-being sometimes. I fixate on things. That’s sort of the engine of anxiety. I lay awake at night, wrapping and unwrapping every possible scenario. I slept at a perfect right angle for so many years.’  

Anxiety-inducing: Reynolds' decision to keep acting came just a day after he revealed that he tends to fixate on work because of his anxity (Pictured 2019)

Anxiety-inducing: Reynolds’ decision to keep acting came just a day after he revealed that he tends to fixate on work because of his anxity (Pictured 2019) 

Needing a break: Reynolds announced his decision to step away from acting in an Instagram post that featured photos from the movie musical Spirited (pictured August 2021)

Needing a break: Reynolds announced his decision to step away from acting in an Instagram post that featured photos from the movie musical Spirited (pictured August 2021) 

Reynolds announced his break from acting in an Instagram post that featured snaps from behind the scenes of his new movie musical, Spirited. 

In the caption of the post, he told fans that he enjoyed collaborating with many talented actors in the film, but it still took its toll. 

”Perfect time for a little sabbatical from movie making. I’m gonna miss every second working with this obscenely gifted group of creators and artists,’ he said.

Reynolds also added, ‘These days, kindness matters as much as talent. I’ve been lucky to work with folks who are flush with both.’  



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