Brie Larson Joins Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire,' Replacing Olivia Wilde
Last fall, we learned filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) would make his first film in the United States with a thriller called Free Fire, and he had an impressive cast that included Olivia Wilde (Rush), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6), Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins) and also Armie Hammer (The Social Network). However, the line-up has changed slightly as Variety reports Brie Larson (21 Jump Street, Short Term 12) has taken a role, replacing Wilde, who is departing due to scheduling issues, which may be because she was just confirmed to return as Quorra in TRON 3, which starts shooting this fall in Vancouver.
For those just joining us, Free Fire is a thriller set in 1978 with Larson playing a woman in Boston who brokers a meeting between two men, Murphy and Michael Smiley (a regular in Wheatley's films), and a gang led by Hammer and Evans. But the meeting turns deadly when a shootout breaks out, forcing everyone to fight for survival. It's been described as being in the same vein as Reservoir Dogs, and if you've seen any of Wheatley's previous films, then you know this should be pretty damn cool. Larson will next be seen this summer in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck with Amy Schumer.