Jeremy Thomas announced today that Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss will join Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons in Ben Wheatley’s upcoming High-Rise. Directed by Wheatley from a screenplay by his regular collaborator Amy Jump, the hotly anticipated film is an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic British thriller.
Evans and Moss join a slew of the UK’s finest actors including James Purefoy and Wheatley’s regular players Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando, along with comedian Dan Renton Skinner.
Welsh actor Luke Evans is known for his role as Bard in The Hobbit trilogy, through to his work in blockbusters such as Immortals and Fast and Furious 6. Evans will next be seen as the lead in Dracula Untold, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss stars as Peggy Olsen in HBO’s hit series Mad Men, while her film work has included On The Road, Get Him To The Greek and Girl, Interrupted.
Thomas said: “Two great actors have joined our cast.”
Wheatley said: “Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I’m really excited to be working with both of them. I’m looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder.”
High-Rise is slated for a July start in Belfast, with Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company.
The worldwide rights in the film have been acquired by HanWay Films, joining a recent slew of acquisitions by the company including Lone Sherfig’s The Riot Club and Girl’s Night Out by Julian Jarrold. Financiers include Film4, the BFI Film Fund and Scope Invest Producteurs of Belgium, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Manuel Chiche’s new company The Jokers has picked up the rights for France, and STUDIOCANAL will distribute in the UK.
Wheatley is considered one of the most exciting British directors in a generation; having created a substantial stir with his provocative films Sightseers, Kill List and A Field In England. Wheatley recently completed shooting on the new season of Dr Who for the BBC.
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.