Tom Hiddleston cast in J.G.Ballard’s ‘High-Rise’

Tom Hiddleston has been confirmed to star in the film adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel High-Rise.

He is set to play the lead Robert Laing in this classic British thriller, about a community living in a luxury, high-rise apartment building, but cut off from the rest of society. In their isolated state, tensions begin to rise amongst the residents of the building.

Tom Hiddleston has previously played the villain Loki in Thor and The Avengers, and is currently starring in Coriolanus at The National Theatre in London.

High-Rise is to be directed by Ben Wheatley, who has recently directed the first two episodes of series eight of Doctor Who, with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor.

Wheatley’s wife, Amy Jump, is set to write the screenplay for the film. The film will be set in 1975, the year the book was published. Wheatley confirmed via twitter that filming is due to begin in June 2014 in the UK.

J.G. Ballard, who died in 2009, has had his work adapted twice previously, with the Steven Spielberg directed Empire of the Sun in 1987 and with David Cronenberg’s Crash in 2004. Ballard is well-known for his dark, dystopian novels set in the future.

Jeremy Thomas is due to produce High-Rise. Thomas previously produced Crash, during which he became close to J.G. Ballard. This should allow for the film to be a faithful adaptation of the book, if not a very dark production.

HanWay films are currently scouting for financiers for the film, and recently received backing from Film4.

High-Rise is expected to be released in 2015.

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