Blake Lively Shows Gratitude to Husband, Ryan Reynolds and Team of 'IF' Ahead of Theatrical Release

Published 05/01/2024, 12:19 AM EDT

As Ryan Reynolds refines his acting craft for his successive returns to the big screen, the excitement among his fans reaches a crescendo. The hype surrounding Deadpool & Wolverine reinvigorates his superhero instincts, while his forthcoming animated film, IF, prepares audiences for a showcase of Reynolds’ cinematic prowess. As he goes above and beyond for his MCU project with stellar promotional tactics, his dedication to the animated feature has left no stone unturned either. And with Blake Lively recently joining the cast, visibility for the project has reached its peak.

Taking to her social media platform, Lively expressed heartfelt gratitude to her husband and the entire team ahead of the film's release.

Blake Lively’s gesture of appreciation for Ryan Reynolds and IF’s crew

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This May marks the commencement of Ryan Reynolds' journey back to theaters, and to kick-start this endeavor, his animated feature, IF, is gearing up for its theatrical debut. Building anticipation ahead of the release, Blake Lively took to Instagram to share a video introducing the voice-over artists involved in the film, including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emily Blunt, Sam Rockwell, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, herself, and more. She thanked the team and Reynolds for fostering such a warm and welcoming work environment.

All the introduced voice-over artists portray IFs in the movie, serving as imaginary friends with pivotal roles. Despite Lively's recent addition to the cast, she has been actively promoting the film on social media for the past few months. Although she never slouches when it comes to appreciating Reynolds, her involvement in this project gives her twice the reason to celebrate. Additionally, her joy likely stems from the fact that the cast and crew of the film primarily consist of her family and friends.

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That being said, let’s take a complete look at IF's cast lineup from imaginary friends to human profiles.

Ryan Reynolds starrer IF’s cast lineup

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Despite being an animated film, IF has a star-studded cast lineup where John Krasinski plays the director. The cast roster includes voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Blossom, Steve Carell as Blue, Louis Gossett Jr. as Lewis, Blake Lively as Octopuss, George Clooney as Space, Emily Blunt as Unicorn, Bradley Cooper as Ice, Jon Stewart as Robot, Matt Damon as Sunny, Sam Rockwell as Guardian Dog, Awkwafina as Bubble, Amy Schumer as Gummy Bear, and Keegan Michael Key as Slime.

Apart from these, Sebastian Maniscalco will play Magician Mouse, Christopher Meloni will depict Cosmo, Matthew Rhys will portray Ghost, and Maya Rudolph an Ally. The human cast involves Ryan Reynolds, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, and Alan Kim. Slated for release on May 17, IF will also portray Krasinski as Fleming’s dad on-screen and also as the Marshmallow Man. At first glance, the cast appears to be comprised entirely of family and friends, making Lively's emotions particularly evident, as projects involving loved ones often tend to surpass all other experiences in terms of personal significance.

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What do you think of Blake Lively's gesture of gratitude for Ryan Reynolds and the crew of IF? Let us know in the comments below!

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Anushka Bhattacharya

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I'm Anushka Bhattacharya, an entertainment journalist at Netflix Junkie. Armed with a degree in literature, I once wielded my words to catalyze change within society through my work with NGOs. However, as I stumbled into the exuberant hole of crime thrillers and documentaries on Netflix, it was love at first sight and pushed me into entertainment journalism.

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