Film4 has announced the final leading cast, and it includes a handful of notable additions, including Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, and Noah Taylor. They also confirm that Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley finalised their deals, with Larson signing on in place of Olivia Wilde after Wilde’s schedule forced her to exit the project.
Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Armie Hammer, and Copley lead the cast alongside Larson.
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 set in Boston in the late 1970s, and it sounds like it’s going to be amazing.
Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, and Babou Ceesay round out the ensemble.
Wheatley (Kill List) is directing from a script he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Amy Jump (A Field in England). Wheatley also produces alongside another frequent collaborator, Andy Starke (Kill List, A Field in England), under their Rook Films banner.
Wheatley has fast emerged as one of the most acclaimed and prolific filmmakers to come out of the UK. He has consistently delivered films that go down great with critics and audiences alike, and the talent he has attracted for Free Fire and his anticipated High-Rise, the latter due out before the end of the year, is indicative of that.
Reynor is establishing himself as a star on both sides of the Atlantic. He was showered with praise for his leading role in What Richard Did, and had one of the leading roles in last summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. He’ll next be seen in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, and is part of Andy Serkis’ ensemble cast for Jungle Book: Origins. Though Taylor’s name might not be immediately recognisable to some, his face will likely be well known to most. He’s had supporting slots in countless films over the years, including Edge of Tomorrow and Submarine, and has recently graced the small screen in Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, and Powers. Riley broke out of Anton Corbijn’s Control eight years ago with an acclaimed performance as Ian Curtis. Since then, he’s had an interesting career in the UK and US, appearing in On the Road, Maleficent, and Suite Francaise. Next up on his slate is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which could help boost his status stateside.
StudioCanal will be releasing Free Fire in the UK, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has taken rights for multiple territories, including Australia and New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, and Spain. A deal still needs to be made for the US, but there’s already a lot of buzz surrounding this one, so I imagine it’s just a case of finding the best home for the film.
Free Fire doesn’t have a firm release date just yet. But it’s expected to arrive sometime in 2016, maybe even with a possible bow at somewhere like Sundance.