Ryan Reynolds shot The Adam Project in Vancouver, naturally

The Deadpool star and fellow Canadian Shawn Levy filmed their sci-fi hit in Metro Vancouver. What pitches did they use?

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Vancouver icon Ryan Reynolds has done it again for his beloved hometown.

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His latest film The Adam Project has just hit Netflix screens, climbing straight to No. 1 in Canada and the United States. And the majority of the family time travel adventure was filmed on location in British Columbia.

The dense rainforests of coastal British Columbia feature prominently in family scenes and video game-like spaceship battles.

No spoilers, by the way. The trailer reveals the premise: an adult Reynolds returns from the high-tech future to the year 2022 to join forces with his younger self to try to save the world and heal old family wounds.

Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Alex Mallari Jr. as Christos in a forest scene from The Adam Project.
Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Alex Mallari Jr. as Christos in a forest scene from The Adam Project. Photo by Doane Gregory /netflix

Landmarks like the University of British Columbia campus and the Vancouver Convention Center can be spotted along the way, as well as scenic waterfront scenes with clouds hanging low in the sky – the mission area, perhaps? — and street scenes along a classic Vancouver boulevard — could this be Cambie?

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It’s yet another Reynolds vehicle where Vancouverites can play “spot the location” for much of the movie.

Reynolds and director Shawn Levy – who worked together on last year’s hit comedy Free Guy, starring Deadpool 3 next for the duo – sing the praises of Vancouver as a film location in the promotional short Netflix in your neighborhood. Like good Canadians, they even understand the “u” in “neighbourhood”.

Levy says he fell in love with the forests along the BC coast and often hiked them on days when there was no filming. The director is a native of Montreal, so he probably knows maples better than cedars and firs.

Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam in the Netflix feature The Adam Project.
Walker Scobell as Young Adam and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam in the Netflix feature The Adam Project. Photo by Doane Gregory /netflix
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In the featurette, Reynolds warns Levy to try to navigate these forests using old-fashioned orienteering.

“I remember when I was a kid they used to tell us that the moss on the trees was facing north,” he says. “So if you’re lost in the woods, look where the moss is on the tree – it’s to the north.

“But don’t follow” that advice, he warns Levy, “because it’s so dense in Vancouver, and there’s so little sun, that moss is all around the trees.”

Kind of like David Duchovny’s infamous affront about rainy old vancouverbut it’s not like Reynolds is complaining.

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“I love BC’s absolutely diverse geography. It’s pretty much, I think, second to none,” he says in the Netflix interview. “You can be in the desert, you can be in a rainforest, you can be in the ocean, you can be in the snow. You can be in a metropolitan, sophisticated city.

“It’s all within an hour of each location, so it’s unrivaled as a filming location.”

(Editor’s note: Maybe he’s rigging the geography a bit here. It’ll take a little over an hour to get to a desert location from Vancouver, unless you’re using one of these ships space objects of the Adam project.)

Zoe Saldana as Laura and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam in The Adam Project.
Zoe Saldana as Laura and Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam in The Adam Project. Photo by Doane Gregory /netflix

Levy pays tribute to the equally diverse dining experiences available in Vancouver, naming Cioppino’s for Italian, Vij’s for Indian and Tojo’s for sushi. Reynolds, for his part, praises Benny’s Bagels, which is an old hangout near his high school, and says his all-time favorite restaurant is Minerva’s on West 41st.

Levy and Reynolds also go out of their way to praise the talent and dedication of the film crews at Hollywood North, saying they were part of a “family” deeply attached to the film and its story.

The Adam Project is available now on Netflix, and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo and impressive newcomer Walker Scobell as a young version of Reynolds.

Did you spot a location in Vancouver in the film? Let us know in the comment section below.

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