Fresh off winning awards for Best Actress, Best Documentary, and Best Visual Effects, A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Ben Wheatley’s action-thriller Free Fire, which will star newly minted Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Cillian Murphy, and Jack Reynor. Free Fire is executive produced by Martin Scorsese, who has his own film coming out this year. Wheatley is directing from a script he co-wrote with Amy Jump.
Per Variety, Free Fire centers around an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Larson will portray a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang selling them a stash of guns. But when shots are fired during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues.
Andrew Starke is producing. Additional executive producers include Emma Tillinger-Koskoff, Reno Antoniades, Film4’s David Kosse and Sam Lavender, along with Ben Roberts and Lizzie Francke from the British Film Institute.