Ben Wheatley is known for many movies. The director has Free Fire, starring Armie Hammer and Brie Larson, to be released this month. Before the movie can hit the big screens, the director has already started working on another project.
Freakshift is the director’s next, which will also show him re-uniting with Hammer. The movie’s subject is interesting and so is the cast.
The Wheatley directorial will have Hammer being paired up with his The Man from U.N.C.L.E co-star Alicia Vikander. From what is known, the movie is about a group of cops who decide to hunt down monsters that live underground and who only show up at night.
Hammer has been cast as Vikander’s love interest while the latter is playing the female lead in the movie. This would be their second collaboration after the spy thriller, which did not have an impressive run at the box-office.
However, their unusual chemistry in the movie is what fans really liked. It would be interesting to see if they can bring back the same chemistry or not.
Deadline reported that apart from collaborating with Vikander in the movie, Freakshift would also be an immediate collaboration between Hammer and Wheatley.
He has already worked with the director in Free Fire, alongside Brie Larson, and now he will be seen as a cop in the upcoming action thriller. The outlet also reported that production on Freakshift would begin this August.
Team behind the movie
As far as writers of the movie are concerned, Wheatley has written the script with his regular collaborator and wife, Amy Jump. His longtime producer Andrew Starke is producing the movie with Riverstone Pictures and Film4 financing it.
In a podcast, Wheatley also revealed that this movie has been in the making for the last five or six years and it now seems it is going to happen. As far as his future projects are concerned, the director also expressed that he would like to make a rom-com movie, a kids movie, and a cowboy film after some time.
Another report stated that before the cast of the movie was even announced, Wheatley started sharing concept art from the movie on Twitter. Taking to the micro-blogging site, the director shared concept art made by renowned British comic artist Mick McMahon.
Going by the concept art, the movie’s main antagonists seem to be some kind of monsters who rise up at night to terrorize innocent citizens. The title Freakshift refers to the heroes who decide to hunt these nocturnal monsters.
The concept art also reveals that the monsters the cops will be going up against will be equipped with different kind of weapons and will be tough enemies to beat.
Lead cast’s other projects
Both Vikander and Hammer also have other projects lined up that they are working on. Vikander has movies like Submergence and Tulip Fever releasing this year apart from the Tomb Raider reboot that will be releasing next year.
Hammer, on the other hand, has Free Fire, Cars 3, and Hotel Mumbai waiting to be released in the next few months. Apart from these movies, he is also rumored to be playing Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in DCEU but no reports have officially confirmed it.
Free Fire gained many passionate fans at the festivals and many of them were all praises for Hammer’s role in the movie. Also, his other movie, Call Me By Your Name, had received rave reviews at different film festivals. It seems as if he has a lot of promising movies to look forward to.
It remains to be seen how Freakshift turns out and what different content it will bring to the table.
Freakshift does not have a release date yet.
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