Fans know Brie Larson as a drama star, famous for critically acclaimed roles in the likes of Short Term 12 and her Oscar-winning turn in Room. But it looks like her future will be way more action-heavy, with a key role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island and her casting as the MCU's very own Captain Marvel. And now we have one more action role for Larson thanks to director Ben Wheatley, and it looks to be her craziest yet.
The first trailer for Wheatley's Free Fire was released today, and it's filled with action, quips and plenty of blazing bullets. Set in Boston in 1978, Free Fire is centered on an arms deal gone horribly wrong. And once the deal blows up, it's all out war, with a ragtag cast of characters all fighting to make it out alive. Larson stars alongside Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer and Jack Reynor, and considering the number of gunshots in the trailer we're guessing some of them might be dead by the movie's close.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday, opening to some pretty solid reviews. IndieWire called the flick a "giant, unapologetic dose of bloody absurdity," while Collider noted that it was "constantly hilarious," proving this could be another winner for director Ben Wheatley. The filmmaker's slowly made a name for himself in the indie scene with his inventive takes on various genres, and is due to blow up big pretty soon. So, to celebrate the premiere of Free Fire we're looking back at Wheatley's filmography to get you up-to-date with the great work of of this talented artist.
- Release Year: 2009
- Genre: Crime Dramedy
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% Fresh
Wheatley's first feature provided a fitting introduction to his unique style, featuring a story that blended the tradition of British gangster movies with indie dramedy for an impressive debut. Down Terrace follows a crime family as they attempt to find a rat within their organization, along the way exposing how dysfunctional the family really is. The director shot the film on a shoe-string budget with a shooting schedule of just eight days, proving that you don't need tons of money or time to make a great movie.
- Release Year: 2011
- Genre: Crime thriller/psychological horror
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76% Fresh
For his second outing, Wheatley stayed within the crime genre but added an element of psychological horror to change things up. Kill List follows a British soldier as he works as a hitman after returning home from a horrible mission. As his wartime past haunts his present, his missions become even more strange, spinning towards true terrors. If you're a horror fan, you'll definitely want to check this one out an impress your friends with your knowledge of an overlooked gem.
- Release Year: 2012
- Genre: Black Comedy
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86% Fresh
The opening of the trailer for Sightseers feels like something out of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, and for good reason — the acclaimed director was an executive producer of the film. But make no mistake, this one bears Wheatley's signature genre-bending style. The film follows Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe), a couple caravanning around the U.K. But their idyllic trip is interrupted by Chris's seemingly insatiable urge to murder. The film spirals into gleeful black comedy as the bodies pile up, putting Chris and Tina's relationship to the test.
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A Field In England
- Release Year: 2013
- Genre: Historical Thriller
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87% Fresh
Wheatley's fourth feature might be his most deadly serious yet. A Field In England travels back to 1648 during the English Civil War, following a quartet of army deserters fleeing from battle. And when they meet an Irish alchemist who forces them to ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms, they realize that the horrors of war are nothing compared to those of the mind. Wheatley employs a black-and-white style to bring this period thriller to life, further accentuating its dark themes.
- Release Year: 2015
- Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian Drama
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63% Fresh
High-Rise is easily Wheatley's most high profile project yet, featuring Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons in an adaptation of author J.G. Ballard's acclaimed novel of the same name. Hiddleston stars as Dr. Robert Laing, a successful professional who lives in a luxury high-rise building filled with modern amenities. Those luxuries allow residents to become detached from society, slowly but surely leading to chaos within the building. With its elements of dystopian sci-fi and social commentary, the film was something new from the director, but its big name talent helped draw wider audiences to his unique style.
Free Fire will hit theaters in 2017. Are you excited for Ben Wheatley's latest film? Let us know in the comments below.