Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent) and Noah Taylor (Edge Of Tomorrow) have all joined the cast of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Sharlto Copley (District 9), Brie Larson (21 Jump Street), Armie Hammer (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), Michael Smiley (The Lobster), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Babou Ceesay (Eye In The Sky) round out the cast. Filming commenced June 8.
Martin Scorsese is exec producing the action thriller, set in Boston in the late 1970’s, follows a woman (Larson), who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired in the handover, a heart-stopping game of survival ensues. The film is written by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump.
Wheatley, who recently wrapped High Rise starring Tom Hiddlestone and Sienna Miller, is cementing his place as one of the the UK’s most exciting directors. StudioCanal has acquired the UK on the film, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking Australia/New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia and Spain amongst other territories.
Andy Starke and Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing. Film4 and BFI have co-financed the film, with Protagonist handing international sales and also co-repping the domestic sale along with WME.