Brie Larson Joins Ben Wheatley's 'Free Fire,' Replacing Olivia Wilde

April 8, 2015
Source: Variety

Brie Larson

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.

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From what I've seen, Brie Larson is quite a bit better than Wilde so this makes me pretty happy. I'm still not sold on Evans or Hammer, but I've loved Wheatley's other movies.

Bill Brixton on Apr 8, 2015


A better actress, sure. better to look not even close.

Brian Sleider on Apr 8, 2015


Amen brother. Wilde is smoke show.

DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2015


I can live with this swap.

DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2015


Well isn't she cute as a button.

avconsumer2 on Apr 9, 2015

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