Following on the back of his success last year with Kill List, Ben Wheatley returns behind the camera to release Sightseers in the UK at the end of the month. Showing no signs of slowing down, the promising young writer-director has already finished up shooting his next film, A Field in England.
The 17th Century-set psychedelic horror was originally set to shoot early next year, but since the announcement came in September, Wheatley has already finished filming, and is now in editing, and Film4 have given us our first image from the film.
“England : 1648 AD
A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O’Neil and Cutler.
O’Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.
Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.”
Michael Smiley (Kill List) takes the lead, alongside Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers), and Ryan Pope (Ideal).
Wheatley is returning to direct from a script he co-wrote with Amy Jump (Kill List), with past collaborators Claire Jones and Andrew Starke (Kill List, Sightseers) producing.
No word yet on when we can expect A Field in England to hit the big screen, but with Wheatley proving to be one of the most prolific filmmakers on our shores, here’s to hoping that it will swiftly be arriving in theatres early in 2013. Meanwhile, his next film, Sightseers, will be hitting the big screen in the UK and Ireland on 30th November. For now, here’s our great first-look image, which you can click through to enlarge.