First Look: Tom Hiddleston in Ben Wheatley’s HIGH-RISE

Ben Wheatley’s Period Drama

Today we’ve got our first look at Tom Hiddleston‘s anti-hero character Dr. Robert Laing from Ben Wheatley‘s upcoming period drama High-Rise, based upon J.G. Ballard’s beloved novel of the same name.

The film, with a script by Amy Jump, has an all star cast that also includes Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, and James Purefoy, and follows the residents of an exclusive high-rise for the mega-successful who descend into chaos and class warfare.

Wheatley (A Field in England) is looking to be one of the British greats and we expect to learn much more about his next project in the coming months. Filming took place in Northern Ireland last summer and is currently on the market at the Berlin Film Festival.

Check out the full image of the Avengers and Thor star Tom Hiddleston looking quite dapper and multiplied by repeated reflections. I have hope that this allegory for class systems can be a good movie although there actually isn’t much action at all in the book. Hoping for a trailer soon.

Ben Wheatley’s Period Drama

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.

Ben Wheatley’s Period Drama

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