Peyton Tucker Reed (born July 3, 1964) is an American television and film director. He directed the comedy films Bring It On, Down with Love, The Break-Up, and Yes Man, as well as the superhero film Ant-Man and its sequels.

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Reed in June 2015
Peyton Tucker Reed[1]

(1964-07-03) July 3, 1964 (age 57)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, television director
Years active1987–present
Notable work
Bring It On
Down with Love
The Break-Up
Yes Man
Beth LaMure
(m. 1998; div. 2006)

Sheila Naghshineh
(m. 2013, present)


Reed was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1987 with a degree in English and Radio, Television & Motion Pictures.[2] He was a DJ for WXYC, the UNC student radio station, while enrolled at the university. He worked as a van driver on the set of Bull Durham in 1987, which was partially filmed in Raleigh


Reed's directorial debut, the motion picture Bring It On, was a number one box office hit.[2] He also directed Down with Love, and The Break-Up; all comedy films.[2] He has also acted in small roles in some films including his own and has written a few original songs for his soundtracks. He has also produced a few music videos.

Peyton Reed was originally set to direct the 20th Century Fox production Fantastic Four, before departing the project and being replaced by director Tim Story.

Reed directed the 2008 film Yes Man, starring Jim Carrey. Yes Man is an adaptation of Danny Wallace's autobiography about his decision to say "yes" to whatever offer, invitation, challenge, or opportunity that is presented to him.

Reed replaced Edgar Wright as the director of Ant-Man.[3] Prior to joining the production of Ant-Man, Reed was slated to direct a Brian Epstein biopic, based on the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.[4] However, his commitment to the superhero film required him to part ways with The Fifth Beatle.[5] Reed then went on to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to Ant-Man.[6] He is set to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[7]

Reed directed two episodes from the second season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, part of the Star Wars franchise.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Reed lives in the Los Angeles area with his second wife Sheila Naghshineh and their two sons. He was previously married to Beth LaMure from 1998 to 2006.[9]

He plays in the band Cardinal Family Singers with Norwood Cheek.[10] The band has released three albums, and their instrumental song "Tilting Scale" is featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp.[10][11]



Year Title
2000 Bring It On
2003 Down with Love
2006 The Break-Up
2008 Yes Man
2015 Ant-Man
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp
2023 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania


Year Title Director Executive
1991 Back to the Future Yes No 13 episodes, live-action sequences
1995 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Yes No TV movie
1997 The Love Bug Yes No
The Weird Al Show Yes No 13 episodes
1998 Mr. Show with Bob and David Yes No 3 episodes
2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Yes No 4 episodes, 2 segments
2008 Cashmere Mafia Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2011 New Girl Yes No 3 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Yes Yes 3 episodes
2019–2021 The Unicorn No Yes
2020 The Mandalorian Yes No Episodes: "Chapter 10: The Passenger" and "Chapter 16: The Rescue"[12][8]


  • "Pretty Khaki" (for GAP, February 28, 2005)


Film Rotten Tomatoes[13] Metacritic[14] CinemaScore[15] Budget Box office[16]
Bring It On 63% (117 reviews) 52 (31 reviews) B+ $28 million $90.4 million
Down with Love 60% (177 reviews) 52 (39 reviews) C+ $35 million $39.5 million
The Break-Up 34% (192 reviews) 45 (37 reviews) C+[17] $52 million $205 million
Yes Man 46% (154 reviews) 46 (30 reviews) A− $70 million $223.2 million
Ant-Man 83% (330 reviews) 64 (44 reviews) A $130 million $519.3 million
Ant-Man and the Wasp 87% (431 reviews) 70 (56 reviews) A− $162 million $622.3 million


  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Manconi, David (October 1, 2009). "The Players-Tar Hill Edition". The News and Observer. p. D10. Retrieved February 7, 2022 – via
  3. ^ Stedman, Alex (June 7, 2014). "Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man'".
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (December 4, 2013). "'The Fifth Beatle' Movie to Start Production in 2014". Variety.
  5. ^ Weintraub, Steve (July 17, 2015). "ANT-MAN Director Peyton Reed Talks First Cut, Deleted Scenes, Post-Credits Scenes". Collider. Complex Media. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Cabin, Chris (November 13, 2015). "'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Michael Douglas Eyeing Return for Sequel". Collider. Archived from the original on November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (November 1, 2019). "Peyton Reed to Direct 'Ant-Man 3' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Star Wars: The Mandalorian Star Reveals Season 2 Finale Director". TV Shows. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Break-Up Director Peyton Reed to Helm The Fifth Beatle". December 4, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Cheeky Vibes: Norwood Cheek talks Cardinal Family Singers and Super 8 Filmmaking workshop". Encore. November 6, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "Music from Ant-Man and the Wasp". Tunefind. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  12. ^ Hermanns, Grant (May 4, 2020). "Peyton Reed Teases Involvement With The Mandalorian". Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  13. ^ "Peyton Reed". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Peyton Reed's Profile". Metacritic. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  16. ^ "Peyton Reed Movie Box office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  17. ^ "Surprise! The Break-Up beats X-Men".

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