Coming off the career high that greeted his critically acclaimed theatrical adaptation of the J.G. Ballard dystopian novel of the same name that was High-Rise from earlier this year, English writer/director Ben Wheatley is all set to deliver audiences a more visceral thrill-ride with his latest action-comedy, Free Fire. Borrowing thematic elements from the very best works of such contemporary auteurs as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Wheatley’s latest film looks to be a thoroughly entertaining thriller about an arms deal gone wrong between two warring criminal outfits.
Set in 1978 Boston, Free Fire depicts a violent altercation that ensues between two rival gangs in a deserted warehouse during a negotiation over the purchase and procurement of various weapons and guns. Starring such A-list talents as Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Room), Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger), Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry), Cillian Murphy (Inception), and Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Wheatley’s latest should deliver something very special for potential viewers. That certainly appears to be the case judging by the footage included in the movie’s new red band trailer.
In the footage featured above, distributor A24 promises potential viewers a wildly uproarious and hilarious new film about various crimes and misdemeanors in Free Fire proper. Executive produced by none other than Martin Scorsese, Wheatley’s new movie should provide fans of a good-old, tense action-thriller plenty of material to sink their teeth into when the movie sees theatrical release sometime in 2017.
Check out the official poster for Free Fire below:
Wheatley has certainly cemented his status as an up and coming director to look out for, and with any luck Free Fire will only serve to launch him into the upper echelons of premiere talent to watch out for with bated breath. Bearing certain visual and stylistic cues from such films as Reservoir Dogs and Goodfellas, Wheatley’s latest appears aimed to please those who already enjoy the very best works of Tarantino and Scorsese.
Only time will tell how capably Free Fire will do at the box office, but with any luck its all-star cast will attract a sizable audience to theaters when it sees eventual release next year. Wheatley has been on a bit of a hot streak when it comes to producing critically acclaimed works for the big screen of late, making his latest directorial effort a production to look out for with fevered interest and forthright attention.
Free Fire will see theatrical release in the U.S. sometime in 2017.