While we’re yet to see his latest “High Rise,” which is already in the can, Ben Wheatley isn’t stopping for a moment, and filming has already started on his next project, the star-studded “Free Fire,” a few more names are rounding out the extensive ensemble cast.
Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Babou Ceesay join the previously announced Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley in the movie that follows a woman 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.
Sounds awesome, right? Well, Martin Scorsese thinks so too, because he’s executive producing the picture. Check out the full press release below.
June 9th – Principal photography began yesterday on Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Film4 and the BFI back the film, STUDIOCANAL have rights in the UK and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) have territories including Australia / New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia and Spain. Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales. WME is co-representing the North American sale with Protagonist and Film4.
Andy Starke and Ben Wheatley’s Rook Films is producing the film set in Boston in the late seventies. Larson plays a woman 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.
Ben Wheatley, who has just completed his dystopian epic High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller, is fast becoming one of the UK’s most revered filmmakers after a string of signature movies including Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England.
Sharlto Copley exploded onto the world stage after his breakthrough performance in Neill Blomkamp’s District 9. He went on to star in Blomkamp’s Elysium and Chappie as well as major pictures such as Maleficent, Oldboy and The A-Team. He has his own TV series ‘Powers’ on the Playstation Network.
Brie Larson is fast becoming one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood after a string of breakout roles in 21 Jump Street, The Spectacular Now, Don Jon and most notably Short Term 12 for which she won a Gotham Award, she was nominated for Independent Spirit and Critics Choice Awards and was named best actress at the Locarno Film Festival. She recently starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s The Gambler and has the lead role in the keenly anticipated feature of the bestselling novel Room.
Irish actor Jack Reynor became a name to watch in Hollywood after snagging the lead role in Michael Bay’s $1bn blockbuster Transformers: Age Of Extinction. He was also the recipient of the best actor award for his performance in Glassland at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He has recently been on UK screens in A Royal Night Out and in Cannes in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth. He also has Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture and John Carney’s Sing Street coming soon. His upcoming shooting schedule includes HHHH and in Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins.
Sam Riley’s startling and multi award winning debut performance as Ian Curtis in Anton Corbijn’s Control immediately led the British actor to a string of critically acclaimed leading and high profile roles in Brighton Rock, On the Road, Byzantium, Suite Francaise and Maleficent. He will next be seen in the upcoming The Dark Valley and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Since his mesmerising break out role in The Year My Voice Broke, Noah Taylor’s impressive body of work includes films from cinematic legends such as Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson, Tim Burton and Terence Malick. He continues to build his career encompassing all genres across TV and Film including Almost Famous, Shine, Vanilla Sky, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Submarine and The Edge of Tomorrow.
Enzo Cilenti recently worked with Wheatley on High-Rise and can currently be seen in ‘Game of Thrones’ and “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’. Babou Ceesay’s credits include ‘A.D The Bible Continues’ and ’71. Other new cast additions include Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy), Tom Davis (The Guvnors, ‘Murder in Successville’) and Mark Monero (Wild Bill).
Armie Hammer’s past credits include Social Network, J. Edgar and the upcoming Man From U.N.C.L.E.- for Warner Bros, directed by Guy Ritchie. Hammer is represented by WME and Sloane Offer Weber & Dern. Cillian Murphy’s diverse roles include the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, ‘Peaky Blinders’, Inception and Batman Begins.
Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund says, “It’s a testament to the way Ben makes his films and works with actors that he’s attracted such a first-class international cast to strap on the squibs for FREE FIRE. And Scorsese for heaven’s sake… We’re very excited.”
David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “Ben is one of our most exciting and original filmmakers and a great example of the bold British talent we want to support at Film4. What better way to continue our long-standing collaboration with him and Rook films than this explosive thriller.”
“Ben Wheatley and Andy Starke have come a long way in the six years since Down Terrace,” said Mike Goodridge, CEO of Protagonist Pictures. “The knockout international cast they have attracted to Free Fire only fuels our confidence in the remaining worldwide sales prospects for their most commercial film yet.”
Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde had previously been attached to the film but had to drop out over scheduling changes.