Elisabeth Moss Talks Wheatley’s High-Rise, Perry’s Queen of Earth



Mad Men and Top of the Lake star Elisabeth Moss leads two of the most anticipated genre films of 2015: Ben Wheatley’s J.G. Ballard-adaptation High-Rise and Alex Ross Perry’s 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 Perry’s praised Listen Up, Philip, talk turned to her reteaming with the filmmaker for Queen of Earth. The film, just announced as World Premiering at February’s annual Berlinale, stars Moss and Inherent Vice’s Katherine Waterston as “best friends who’ve reached a turning point. Last year, Virginia (Waterston) wasn’t doing well, while it’s Catherine (Moss) that’s suffering this time round. The lakeside cabin owned by Virginia’s parents seems the perfect place for a week of mutual wound licking. It won’t 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 Rosemary’s Baby are often cited by anyone making a psychological thriller. It’s the specific inclusion of Images, coupled with the reception of Listen Up, Philip that seems to indicate something more than just empty talk. I can’t wait.

Additionally, Moss spoke to working with the electrifying Ben Wheatley, who’s following A Field in England with his biggest production yet, a highly anticipated film of Ballard’s influential novel High-Rise. The book follows a luxury building’s tenants descent into violence, savagery and class warfare and seems perfectly married to Wheatley’s stirring, blackly humorous, psychotropic, visceral style. Though Moss doesn’t 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. 

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