Weapons, South Boston and the IRA create a perfect cocktail for the new action-comedy from A24. The studio’s next big premiere is just around the corner, even though A24 may not be done celebrating the success of “Moonlight,” “20th Century Women,” “American Honey” and a long list of popular indies that the company released last year.
This week A24 released a new International trailer for “Free Fire,” the action-comedy set to release in theater this spring. The comedy features an all-star cast, including Brie Larson, who is once again partnering with A24 after working with the studio in “Room” in 2015.
“Free Fire” was directed by Ben Wheatley, who co-wrote the script with Amy Jump. The film stars Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Sam Riley, and Sharlto Copley. Moviegoers can watch the trailer below.
The company described the film stating, “Bold, breathless and wickedly fun, Free Fire is an electrifying comedy-thriller about an arms deal that goes spectacularly and explosively wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into quite possibly the most epic shootout ever seen on film as he crafts a spectacular parody—and biting critique—of the insanity of gun violence. Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control.”
The film is set in 1970s Boston, “Free Fire” opens with Justine (Oscar winner Brie Larson), a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wise-cracking associate Ord (Armie Hammer) arranging a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full-on firefight.
The trailer comes out just as Brie Larsons’ other high-profile project, “Kong: Skull Island,” is dominating domestic theaters. “Kong” was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. working off a screenplay written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein. That action-epic also stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson.