Ben Wheatley, director of Sightseers and A Field in England, is currently working on an adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise, and today we’ve got the latest bits of casting news for the flick. Read on!
Variety reports that Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) have joined the cast of the British thriller alongside the previously announced Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and Tom Hiddleston.
Scripted by Amy Jump, High-Rise is slated for a July start in Belfast with Jeremy Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company.
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.
The worldwide rights to the film have been acquired by HanWay Films. Manuel Chiche’s new company The Jokers has picked up the rights for France, and Studiocanal will distribute in the UK.
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