Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) have joined the cast of High-Rise, British filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s upcoming adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s classic British thriller novel.
“Elizabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast,” said Wheatley. “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.”
The duo join the previously announced Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World), Sienna Miller (The Girl), Jeremy Irons (The Borgias), James Purefoy (The Following), Dan Renton Skinner (House of Fools) and Wheatley regulars Reece Shearsmith and Peter Ferdinando. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.