Monday 26 February 2018

Evans: I can't say no to Wheatley

Luke Evans will team up with director Ben Wheatley on action movie Free Fire
Luke Evans will team up with director Ben Wheatley on action movie Free Fire

Luke Evans has revealed that the opportunity to work with Ben Wheatley again was an offer he couldn't refuse.

The Dracula Untold actor will first star in the big-screen adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian novel High Rise, which the Sightseers filmmaker is directing. He will then reunite with the director on action movie Free Fire - about an arms deal in Boston in the 1970s that goes very wrong, which also stars Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Olivia Wilde.

" I am pencilled in to do Ben's next movie Free Fire, which is exciting. Ben Wheatley is a wonderful director. It's a great script. He's written it, and he's directing it, so getting to work with him was an offer I couldn't refuse," Luke said.

"It's always nice to find your feet with a director and have a good relationship, because it's such an important relationship. I'm very happy about working with Ben again."

Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy also star in High Rise, which is scheduled for release later this year.

"We did that at the end of last year in Belfast. We got to work with a really good bunch of people," Luke said.

"We all had very interesting characters and the director allowed you to go for it and give you the freedom to try things out and find your feet with your character. We had a lot of fun."

The 35-year-old actor continued: "It's quite a dark story and there are a few shocking moments in it. I think it will be a very interesting film for the audience because these sort of films rarely get made with this kind of care, attention and love. This book, one of JG Ballard's novels, is probably the hardest one to bring to the screen. Jeremy Thomas (producer) is the man because he's made it happen."

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