Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Brie Larson set for Free Fire

He may be busy finishing off his current film, J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise, but Ben Wheatley (Sightseers) is already hard at work preparing for his next thriller, Free Fire. Change is afoot for the casting of the movie, with Olivia Wilde (Rush) needing to drop out thanks to scheduling clashes and Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) taking her place.

Free Fire, which recently secured Martin Scorsese's (The Wolf Of Wall Street) services as executive producer, is planned as a hard boiled crime film set in violence ridden 1978 Boston. A secluded meeting between two gangs in a warehouse suddenly explodes into a shootout and a fight for survival. Wheatley already has Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Cillian Murphy (Inception), Olivia Williams (Sabotage) and regular collaborator Michael Smiley (The Kill List) aboard to star, and intends to start the cameras rolling in a few months. With a script by Wheatley, this one is already being talked up as a new twist on the Reservoir Dogs (1992) type setup.

Larson was last seen in The Gambler (2014) and will next crop up as Amy Schumer's (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World) sister in Judd Apatow's (This Is 40) Trainwreck, due here on 28 August. She has also worked on Room and Basmati Blues and is attached to Douglas McGrath's (Infamous) biopic Brooklyn Bridge opposite Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings).

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