For the last year A Field In England and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley has been putting together an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise.
It was supposed to start shooting this month, but while that start date has been pushed to July, it’s now added to its cast, with Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, and comedian Dan Renton Skinner joining the previously announced Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons.
Wheatley commented, “Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I’m really excited to be working with both of them. I’m looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder.”
We’ve also got a new synopsis, which gives us a few details on how the movie will take on a novel come thought was unfilmable. Here it is: ‘High-Rise centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Thatcher’s England, 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 film starts shooting next month in Belfast for release in 2015.