Star Tom Hiddleston has used his Twitter feed to give us our first look at him as Dr. Laing in the big screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise, co-starring Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy and Reece Shearsmith. Check it out in the gallery below!
High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, 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. Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller). 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.
High-Rise is directed by British helmer Ben Wheatley (A Field in England, “Doctor Who”), and adapted into a screenplay by Wheatley’s frequent collaborator Amy Jump (Sightseers, Kill List). The film is produced by Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast) for his Recorded Picture Company and is expected to be released later this year.