Mad Men and Top of the Lake star Elisabeth Moss leads two of the most anticipated genre films of 2015: Ben Wheatleys J.G. Ballard-adaptation High-Rise and Alex Ross Perrys Queen of Earth. The actor talks both films, ramping excitement with some magic words, in a new interview.
Speaking to The Playlist about her turn in Alex Ross Perrys praised Listen Up, Philip, talk turned to her reteaming with the filmmaker for Queen of Earth. The film, just announced as World Premiering at Februarys annual Berlinale, stars Moss and Inherent Vices Katherine Waterston as best friends whove reached a turning point. Last year, Virginia (Waterston) wasnt doing well, while its Catherine (Moss) thats suffering this time round. The lakeside cabin owned by Virginias parents seems the perfect place for a week of mutual wound licking. It wont be an easy ride.
Excitingly, Moss says of working with the director again, it was also largely due to this kind of great script that he wrote that was so different from Listen Up, Philip, much darker, much more dramatic, very strange, very Polanski, very Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby, and Robert Altman’s Images was a huge inspiration.
Repulsion and Rosemarys Baby are often cited by anyone making a psychological thriller. Its the specific inclusion of Images, coupled with the reception of Listen Up, Philip that seems to indicate something more than just empty talk. I cant wait.
Additionally, Moss spoke to working with the electrifying Ben Wheatley, whos following A Field in England with his biggest production yet, a highly anticipated film of Ballards influential novel High-Rise. The book follows a luxury buildings tenants descent into violence, savagery and class warfare and seems perfectly married to Wheatleys stirring, blackly humorous, psychotropic, visceral style. Though Moss doesnt speak in-depth about what to expect, she does reiterate how unusual High-Rise will be, saying I would say it’s bigger than anything he’s ever done. It’s totally his style, his sense of humor and his sense of drama. Everything is totally his style of filmmaking but on a bigger scale.
No word on where or when High-Rise, co-starring Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, will premiere just yet.