Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons cast in Ben Wheatley High Rise

The J.G. Ballard adaptation High Rise has been kicking around for some time, but got fresh momentum last summer when Sightseers helmer Ben Wheatley signed on to direct. He cast the first star, Tom Hiddleston, a few months ago, and now he’s added two more.

Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller are set to join the project in two key roles. The cast isn’t complete by any means, but this trio seems like a great start. Hit the jump for character details and more.

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The J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, about an apartment building in which occupants are cut off from exterior society and divide into their own class structures, has been a dream project for decades for producer Jeremy Thomas. He’s finally getting the film made later this year, with Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England, Doctor Who) in the director’s chair and Wheatley’s partner Amy Jump writing. I spoke briefly to Wheatley about the film a few months back when we talked about A Field in England; that interview will run later this week.

In the meantime we’ve got some great info: the star of the film will be Tom Hiddleston, and cameras are set to roll in June. Read More »

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There’s another Elysium movie moving forward, and Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is going to make it. But this isn’t related to Neill Blomkamp’s recent film. No, this one is part of the story High Rise, by novelist J. G. Ballard. This Elysium is a futuristic apartment block in which all modern amenities are contained, but where class warfare violently destroys the living space.

The book has been in development for ages; Nicholas Roeg had it as a possible project at one point, and the book has eerie similarities with David Cronenberg’s first feature, Shivers, aka They Came From Within. Cronenberg’s film and this book were released in 1975. (Cronenberg went on to film Ballard’s novel Crash.) Most recently Vincenzo Natali was attached to direct, with Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) scripting.

But rights lapsed and producer Jeremy Thomas, who has been trying to make the film for decades, now has Ben Wheatley set to make the movie. Read More »

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After making his biggest splash this year with the genetic thriller Splice, director Vincenzo Natali suddenly has the option to do some films he’s wanted to do for some time. One of those is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, which is now being scripted by Richard Stanley in conjunction with Natali. Read More »

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Vincenzo Natali is hardly a new talent. He’s been on the scene for years, starting out as a storyboard artist (primarily in animation) then moving into the director’s chair with films like Cube and Cypher.

But Splice has brought him to a new level, in part because Joel Silver, Dark Castle and Warner Bros. picked up the film and will release it this summer. The question then, naturally turns to what Natali will make next. He’s been developing a film called Tunnels, but is also now talking about two other adaptations: the J.G. Ballard novel High Rise and the Swamp Thing stories by Alan Moore. Read More »

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The first promotional poster for Vincenzo Natali‘s adaptation of High Rise has been found online, along with a synopsis for the film. You can see them at the site of Capri Film, or at Quiet Earth where I first found them. Capri updating their site at this time suggests they prepared the material for the film market at Cannes.

The original novel High Rise was written by J G Ballard, the recently departed visionary of speculative and satirical fiction. In his career stacked high with nightmarish visions of humanity, this one ranked among the most frightening. You can see the poster above (nothing higher resolution is available) while the spoiler-free synopsis will follow the break.

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