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Principal photography begins on Ben Wheatley's Free Fire

Ben Wheatley

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography has started on Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.

Set in Boston in the late 70s, the film stars Brie Larson as a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang (led by Armie Hammer and Sharlto 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 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.

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 best-selling novel Room.

Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fund, said: “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, added: “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.”