Quite the intriguing first promo has been released for High-Rise, the upcoming sci-fi drama from director Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List).
The first trailer is structured more as an advertisement of sorts, with Tom Hiddleston’s Dr. Robert Laing promoting the film’s titular edifice. “Ever thought there could be a better way to live free from the shackles of the old, tired world?” he asks. As the piece’s sinister undertones slowly rise up, it becomes all to clear: this building isn’t quite the ideal home it first appears to be.
Based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, Wheatley’s latest outing has certainly sparked our curiosity. Although early reviews have been somewhat mixed, the potential of seeing Hiddleston, and a cast that includes Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy, in a dark, visually-arresting, metaphor-laden satire sounds – and looks – great. We’ll see.
High-Rise, written by Wheatley-collaborator Amy Jump, hits the U.K. on March 18.
Synopsis for High-Rise:
A slick apartment tower rises above the Thames, the beginnings of what will soon become the world’s biggest financial hub. Dominating the landscape, it is simply called the HIGH-RISE… its address a mark of exclusivity. Its newest resident is Robert Laing, an ambitious young doctor utterly seduced by the lifestyle and cutting-edge technology the high-rise has to offer.
Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur who introduces him to the seedy underbelly of the high-rise. The cracks in this apparently flawless society grow rapidly, and Laing is shocked at the depravity he sees. Life in the high-rise quickly descends into madness and violence, and Laing finds himself amongst the marauding hordes of bloodthirsty tenants who take over the building, floor by floor.
A disturbing vision from the director of Kill List, this action-packed thriller depicts society’s most chilling nightmares.