Coming off the back of bringing J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise to the big screen, Ben Wheatley has crossed the Atlantic to make his first film shot in the US. Free Fire is set to be one of the highlights during the sales part of Cannes this month, though fortunately it has already secured strong distribution partners in the form of StudioCanal and A24 in the UK and US, respectively.
Ahead of its appearance on the market at Cannes, production company Rook Films has debuted the first official still on Twitter, giving us a look at Wheatley’s leading cast in action.
The official logline is still under wraps, but we know that it takes place in Boston in 1978. Brie Larson stars as a woman who’s brokered a meeting between two Irish brothers (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang (led by Armie Hammer and Sharlto Copley) that’s looking to sell them a stash of guns. The meeting is taking place in the deserted warehouse, seen in the image below, but shots are fired during the handover, and all hell breaks loose.
Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, and Babou Ceesay round out the very promising leading line-up.
Wheatley directs from a script he co-wrote with his wife and frequent collaborator, Amy Jump (High-Rise, Kill List). Andrew Starke (Kill List) is producing, with Martin Scorsese among the exec producers.
Free Fire doesn’t have a release date just yet in the UK or the US. But with distributors on board in both territories, it’s definitely coming, which is great news. The cast alone is brilliant, and coupled with Wheatley behind the camera, it’s way up there among the movies we’re most looking forward to seeing this year.