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Tom Hiddleston to star in Ben Wheatley's adaptation of High Rise

02.05.2014
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A FIELD IN ENGLAND and KILL LIST director Ben Wheatley has just announced a production start date and lead actor for the long-in-development adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel, HIGH RISE. Tom Hiddleston will star in the film, which starts shooting in June according to Wheatley's Twitter. Wheatley is shooting from a script by frequent collaborator Amy Jump and will retain the 1970's time period (the book was written in 1975). In addition to the casting and start date announcement, Wheatley shared this sweet promo art created by Jay Shaw:

Here's the book synopsis:

When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

Having not read the book and taking into account the creative team bringing this to life, HIGH RISE is now officially on my radar (and reading list). It sounds like a really compelling story, almost like an Orwellian version of THE RAID, which is a pretty promising premise (say that three times fast). Definitely a project to watch.

HIGH RISE starts filming in June.

Source: Ben Wheatley

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8:40PM on 02/05/2014
Awesome, sounds extremely interesting and Hiddleston is great. I might have to check out the book.
Awesome, sounds extremely interesting and Hiddleston is great. I might have to check out the book.
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8:03PM on 02/05/2014
An "Orwellian The Raid" might be the greatest pitch ever.
An "Orwellian The Raid" might be the greatest pitch ever.
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3:31PM on 02/05/2014
Ben Wheatley's one of the more interesting British directors, and it'll be interesting to see him tackle something a bit more high-profile. Throw that premise into the 1970s and you got my attention.
Ben Wheatley's one of the more interesting British directors, and it'll be interesting to see him tackle something a bit more high-profile. Throw that premise into the 1970s and you got my attention.
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1:40PM on 02/05/2014

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There is nothing about this that doesn't sound great. Can't wait!
There is nothing about this that doesn't sound great. Can't wait!
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1:25PM on 02/05/2014
I just wanna see the guy in more films. Marvel or not.
I just wanna see the guy in more films. Marvel or not.
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12:09PM on 02/05/2014
Tom is a great actor and this concept seems cool, so I am on board.
Tom is a great actor and this concept seems cool, so I am on board.
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12:02PM on 02/05/2014
It sounds like Snowpiercer meets The Raid, sounds good.
It sounds like Snowpiercer meets The Raid, sounds good.
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