Hammer Bound For Wheatley’s Freakshift Hammer Bound For Wheatley’s Freakshift
The dust hasn’t settled yet in Free Fire’s deserted warehouse, but Ben Wheatley’s already announced his next project – and it reunites him with... Hammer Bound For Wheatley’s Freakshift

The dust hasn’t settled yet in Free Fire’s deserted warehouse, but Ben Wheatley’s already announced his next project – and it reunites him with Armie Hammer.

He’ll be joining Alicia Vikander, who we reported last month will be in Freakshift, officially described as a cop versus monsters tale.  Or, as Wheatley put it less officially in a recent interview, “It’s about women with shotguns fighting giant crabs.”  In an effort to calm down our fevered imaginations, he added “There you go. It sells itself.”

Vikander plays the lead, with Hammer as her love interest and production gets under way in August, so Wheatley’s not hanging around.  It’s also an interesting move for Hammer who, after less than triumphant blockbusters like The Man From U.N.C.L.E and The Lone Ranger, is now concentrating on smaller scale dramas.  He played opposite Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals, Sundance favourite Call Me By Your Name attracted some very early Oscar buzz and he’ll also be seen in Stanley Tucci’s directorial debut, Final Portrait, alongside Geoffrey Rush.

Neither film has a UK release date, so his next appearance on British screens looks like being voice only – in Disney’s Cars 3, which roars into this country on 14 July.  Last seen co-starring with Michael Fassbender in The Light Between Oceans, Vikander has a clutch of films queuing up for release in the UK and is currently filming Tomb Raider, before taking up her shotgun for Wheatley.

Source:  The Playlist

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