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Filming begins downtown on Ryan Reynolds movie ‘Free Guy’

Ryan Reynolds (right) during the filming of a bank robbery scene on Sunday.
Ryan Reynolds (right) during the filming of a bank robbery scene on Sunday.(photos by Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

Filming began Sunday in downtown Boston on “Free Guy,” an adventure-comedy movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds plays a bank teller who figures out he has become a character in the open-world video game “Free City.”

The movie set has taken over the Liberty Square area. On Sunday, a bank robbery scene was shot there with a snazzy orange sports car used in the filming.

A sports car was used in the filming Sunday.
A sports car was used in the filming Sunday.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)

By Saturday afternoon, Liberty Square looked more like a location in a video game as production crews painted buildings and put the final touches on a newsstand with actual “fake news” including “MAN” magazine, which had a cover story that read “Favorite ways to be mugged,” and “Vacation” magazine, with a story about “Hot spots to watch on screen.” The front-page story on the “Free City News” was “94-year-old woman robs bank for lover.”

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“Free Guy” is expected to hit theaters next summer.