Kill List helmer Ben Wheatley‘s knack for vintage classic noir thrillers and hard-boiled action flicks may suit perfectly for his latest feature film, Free Fire. The film is setting up to be his first North American set project with producer Andy Starke under their Rook Films banner with financing from Film4 while they prepare to introduce the film at the American Film Market next month.
So what’s in store? Well, for starters, a gritty crime thriller set in 1978 revolving around the story of a woman named Justine who brokers a deal at an empty warehouse between two Irish gangsters and a gang looking to sell them some guns. What could possibly go wrong? Well, with a lot of guns in a room full of criminals, what do you think? The stellar ensemble cast includes actress Olivia Wilde, and actors Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Luke Evans and Armie Hammer. StudioCanal has the UK rights with William Morris Endeavor holding the rights for the U.S.
Filming is expected to commense next Spring, which should help keep Dracula Untold star Evans busy in addition to his expected appearance in the upcoming reboot of The Crow for Relativity Media. Free Fire will be his second outing with Wheatley after next years’ action sci-fi release, High Rise, while Murphy will be seen in Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea this March, with Hammer following with upcoming action comedy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Henry Cavill in the summer.
Fans can also catch Evans this December in Peter Jackson’s middle Earth fantays action finale, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.