Peyton Reed
Reed in June 2015
Peyton Tucker Reed[1]

(1964-07-03) July 3, 1964 (age 59)
Occupation(s)Film director, television director, television producer
Years active1987–present
Notable workBring It On
Down with Love
The Break-Up
Yes Man
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Beth LaMure
(m. 1998; div. 2006)
Sheila Naghshineh
(m. 2013)

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.

Early life

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.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] However, his commitment to the superhero film required him to part ways with The Fifth Beatle.[6] Reed then went on to direct Ant-Man and the Wasp, the sequel to Ant-Man.[7] He also directed the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[8]

Reed directed two episodes from the second season of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, part of the Star Wars franchise.[9]

Personal life

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.[10]

He plays in the band Cardinal Family Singers with Norwood Cheek.[11] The band has released three albums, and their instrumental song "Tilting Scale" is featured in Ant-Man and the Wasp.[11][12]




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"[13][9]



Film Rotten Tomatoes[14] Metacritic[15] CinemaScore[16] Budget Box office[17]
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+[18] $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
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 48% (355 reviews) 48 (61 reviews) B $200 million $462 million


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