By Sarah Jayne Alexander.
Welcome to the HIGH-RISE, a place full of upper class eccentrics, loners, crazyies and an Alsatian running wild as they shut out civilisation and set up camp in their very own living rooms.
In a first-look world exclusive released by Empire Magazine on Friday, Tom Hiddleston stars as the young, successful (handsome) Dr Robert Laing, one of the many ‘unusual’ occupants living in the exclusive superstructure. The J.G Ballard adaptation set in 1975, tells the tale of the super modern, luxurious apartment building and it’s well established tenants. The High-Rise has all the modern conveniences and commodities that life has to offer: swimming pools, a school, supermarket, high-speed elevators (as demonstrated by Mr Hiddleston with a suit game of 10) but as the story unfolds, we find out having every amenity at our fingertips can lead to a significant and catastrophic breakdown in social restraints, morals and leads to an “orgy of violence and dark human urges”
Directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field In England) the screenplay is taken from the best-selling novel by author J.G Ballard who also wrote ‘Crash’ and ‘Concrete Island’ which was written and released in 1975 and has retained a worldwide cult following ever since. The film adaptation has ‘almost’ been made twice but due to funding failed to materialise until in 2013 when Wheatley and his producer/writer wife Amy Jump started looking into book rights and adapting the book. In 2014 Recorded Picture Company announced that they were partly funding the production along with the Irish Film Fund and had signed Ben Wheatley on to direct, Amy Jump to adapt the screenplay and Jeremy Thomas to Produce. Soon after, Tom Hiddleston was officially signed on to play Dr Robert Laing closely followed by Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and Elizabeth Moss who will all portray key characters living within the High-Rise and who contribute to its untimely downfall.
Wheatley says of the 2015 release: “The book makes as much sense now as it did then. It was written in the 1970s, projecting itself into a near future, and we live in that future now. We’re almost in a new version of the ’70s.” We are putting this to the top of our must see in 2015 list immediately.
High-Rise is set for in 2015 Via The Recorded Picture Company. Date to be confirmed.