Tom Hiddleston to Star in Ben Wheatley's High-Rise

By Wiseman, Andreas | Screen International, February 5, 2014 | Go to article overview

Tom Hiddleston to Star in Ben Wheatley's High-Rise


Wiseman, Andreas, Screen International


Shoot on JG Ballard adaptation to begin in June.

Thor star Tom Hiddleston is to play the lead role in Jeremy Thomas-produced High-Rise.

As previously reported by Screen, Ben Wheatley will direct Amy Jump's adaptation of JG Ballard's classic British thriller.

HanWay is handling sales and will be shopping the film at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin this week.

High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher's England, at the site of what will soon become the world's financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.

Hiddleston will play Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal. Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal's devoted aide Charlotte.

But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees.

As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.

Ben Wheatley said: "I am very excited to be working with Tom Hiddleston on this project. …

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