As we learned last year, Sightseers and A Field in England director Ben Wheatley is currently working on an adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise, with Tom Hiddleston attached to star. Today, two new stars have come on board, and you’ll find the latest by reading on!
Screen Daily reports that Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller will be joining Hiddleston in the British thriller, with production set to begin this coming July, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The film 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.
Additional casting is underway on the project, scripted by Wheatley’s wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump.
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