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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting filmmakers working today and I look forward to each of his movies like a kid looks forward to Christmas. I named Kill List one of my fifteen favorite movies of all time. I think High-Rise, which is currently available on VOD and hits theaters this week, is an astonishing (if divisive) achievement. I have a Sightseers poster on my office wall. I’m in the tank for the man.

So yes, I’m very much looking forward to his next film, Free Fire, which is finished and awaiting a release date as we speak. In the meantime, we can enjoy the first image from the movie, which shows off the awesome ensemble in some colorful duds.

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Dunkirk may feature a crew of newcomers at the center of its cast, but director Christopher Nolan is filling in the margins with as many impressive actors as he can. The latest actor to join this World War II drama is Cillian Murphy, the Irish actor who already who already has a long history with Nolan, having appeared in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. At this rate, Dunkirk is rapidly shaping up to be a regular Christopher Nolan film-set-family reunion.

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Aloft trailer

The film Aloft, from director Claudia Llosa, is a multi-generational drama that features Cillian Murphy and Mélanie Laurent as a duo in search of a woman played by Jennifer Connelly. But it’s a bit more complicated than that, as Connelly plays Nana Kunning, who as a young woman unsuccessfully attempted to aid the healing of her son Ivan. Now grown, Ivan (Murphy) pairs with a journalist (Laurent) to find his mother. Even the basics of the story sound heavy and somewhat unusual, and you’ll see that reflected in the Aloft trailer, too.  Read More »

Ben Wheatley's Free Fire

We’ve just seen the first image from High-Rise, the upcoming film from Kill List, Doctor Who and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. But his follow-up, Free Fire, already has a great cast. And now Martin Scorsese has lent his name to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, as executive producer. Read More »

Luke Evans Free Fire

Ben Wheatley (along with writer/editor Amy Jump) has developed a career as one of the UK’s best up and coming directors. But he’s about to make the transition to shooting a film in the US. His next film Free Fire will be an “action shootout movie” with Luke Evans in the lead role and a healthy influence from Sam Peckinpah and hard-boiled crime movies. Read More »

Ben Wheatley directing A Field in England

One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S.

So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all on board, along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. Hit the jump for Ben Wheatley Free Fire plot details and more.

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Everyone knows the story of Moby-Dick, but fewer may be aware it was inspired by real events. Ron Howard‘s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea, tells that true tale.

Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, and Cillian Murphy star as crew members aboard the Essex, a 19th century whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1820, the ship was struck by a 80-foot sperm whale. The vessel sank, leaving the crew struggling to survive in the Pacific Ocean. Hit the jump to see the first In the Heart of the Sea trailer.

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Here we have news on two very different series coming from Netflix. First: the streaming service has picked up rights to the BBC series Peaky Blinders, which adds Tom Hardy to its second season roster this fall. We hadn’t known when we’d see the new season in the States, so it’s great to know that we can soon see Peaky Blinders on Netflix.

And then the company has also picked up rights to the ’80s kids property Popples, which will be developed as an animated series. More info on both is below. Read More »

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The first season of British gangster series Peaky Blinders has flown under the radar of many viewers in the US, despite starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill. Expect the show to experience a huge uptick in interest soon, however, as the second season will also feature Tom Hardy. The show was created by Steven Knight, who writes and produces. He also happens to be the guy who directed Hardy in Locke; that connection probably didn’t hurt when it came to bringing Hardy into the fold. Check out a bearded Hardy and some of the season two action in the Peaky Binders trailer below. Read More »