Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s classic British thriller to be directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by the director’s regular collaborator Amy Jump.
High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built in 1970s Britain, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub and details the story a young doctor who becomes embroiled in a sinister world in the tower. Debauchery, violence and the primal urges of humanity are at the heart of Ballard’s 1975 satire and, with friend of the author Jeremy Thomas producing, the film will remain true to the original.
Wheatley said: “I am very excited to be working with Hiddleston on this project. He brings an intelligence, vulnerability and humour to his roles, be they art-house or blockbuster that will make Laing come alive. It's also a great privilege to be working with Ballard's seminal book.”
Hiddleston described Wheatley as “one of the most inspired directors in the U.K.” He added: “He [Wheatley] brings with him impeccable taste, courage, wit and singular brilliance: the perfect combination to realise the ambition of J. G. Ballard's unique vision.”
High-Rise is slated for a summer shoot in the U.K.
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