‘High-Rise’ Trailer: Tom Hiddleston Surrenders to Madness
By now you’ve heard the buzz surrounding High-Rise, the new film from director Ben Wheatley, the deranged and brilliant mind behind films like Kill List, A Field in England and Sightseers. That buzz is well-earned for Wheatley’s latest, which is based on the novel by J.G. Ballard (Drive) and features an incredible lineup, including Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans and more. A new trailer has arrived, offering a tantalizing and slightly unnerving glimpse inside the titular high-rise, and teasing the evolving (or devolving) psyche of the residents within.
Hiddleston stars as Robert Laing, the newest resident of an ambitious and forward-thinking high-rise whose enigmatic and eccentric creator (Jeremy Irons) resides on the top floor. Constructed so that the residents are organized in ascending order by class, Laing falls somewhere in the middle — and according to some, that makes him a bit of a wild card.
You can read our full review from last year’s Fantastic Fest right here, but the shorter version is that this might be Wheatley’s best film yet, a masterful depiction of madness and class warfare that you definitely do not want to miss. Here’s the official synopsis:
High-Rise is an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name. The film centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, 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.
High-Rise also stars Sienna Miller and James Purefoy, and after a long journey to finding distribution, the film finally arrives in U.K. theaters on March 18, followed sometime soon after by a U.S. release. Meanwhile, the ever-productive Wheatley is already at work on his follow-up, Free Fire, starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy.