Director Ben Wheatley announced on his Twitter page last night that Tom Hiddleston is starring in his adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel High-Rise, while debuting a teaser poster and revealing production begins in June.
HIGHRISE. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston! pic.twitter.com/ue66t3rWbT— mr_wheatley (@mr_wheatley) February 5, 2014
We first reported on this project back in October, when Ben Wheatley signed on to direct from a screenplay adaptation by Amy Jump, who he has collaborated with on his previous directorial efforts Kill List, Sightseers and the upcoming A Field in England. No details were given for Tom Hiddleston's character.
Here's the official description of J.G. Ballard's book, which was first published in 1975.
"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."
Jeremy Thomas is producing the adaptation, which previously had Vincenzo Natali attached to direct before the rights expired and the producer decided to take the project in a different direction.