The story is set in 1978 Boston, following a woman named Justine (Olivia Wilde) who has set up a meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang lead by Luke Evans and Armie Hammer for an arms deal. When shots are fired before the deal is made, the meeting turns into a deadly game of survival.
Here's what director Ben Wheatley had to say about Free Fire in a statement.
"The idea for Free Fire came from my love of hard-boiled crime movies; from The Asphalt Jungle, The Big Sleep, The Killing and 'The Big Combo' through The Driver, Le Samourai and The French Connection, to the modern cycle of Goodfellas, Goodfellas, Hard Boiled and Reservoir Dogs. Free Fire will take you and stick you in the middle of the action. I want the film to have the stylish, no-nonsense feel that you get in Peckinpah's The Getaway. It's a modern '70s movie. Muscular, tough and spare."
StudioCanal has acquired the U.K. distribution rights for the $10 million feature, which will be director Ben Wheatley's first film set in the U.S. Andrew Starke will produce, with shooting scheduled to begin this spring. Ben Wheatley is in post-production on High-Rise, which also stars Luke Evans.
Luke Evans currently stars in Dracula Untold and he will next be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Olivia Wilde is coming off performances in Third Person and The Longest Week. Armie Hammer will next be seen in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., while Cillian Murphy stars in the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. Michael Smiley most recently starred in Ben Wheatley's A Field in England.