Is It A “Hollow Crown” Reunion? Two More Names Join Tom Hiddleston In ‘High-rise’

Image: BBC/PBS
Image: BBC/PBS

High-rise is shaping up to be a Hollow Crown reunion of sorts, which will surely delight fans of that series. Two more from the fame series, along with an independent film darling, have signed up to join their former co-star Tom Hiddleston in the sci-fi thriller.

Jermey Irons, James Purefoy, and Sienna Miller have been announced as part of the film adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel, set to be helmed by Kill List director Ben Wheatley. Both Irons and Purefoy previously worked with Hiddleston in The Hollow Crown, while this will be the first time Miller teams up with the British thespian best known for his villainous turns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Loki.

While the Oscar winning Irons played father, King Henry IV to Hiddleston’s Prince Hal in the Shakepearean series, his role this time around is not quite so fatherly. Miller is set to play the love interest of Hiddleston’s character while it has yet to be announced what role Purefoy is slated to take on. Purefoy’s involvement in the film was personally announced by the actor when he appeared on LBC Radio recently.

High-rise, the novel form, is the unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, its affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on so called enemy floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem.

Hiddleston is set to star as Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal, is to be played by Irons. Laing discovers a world like he’s never seen before, filled with complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte, to be played by Miller. Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the discord that take over the building, has yet to be cast, though it could possibly be who Purefoy signed up to be.

Wilder introduces Laing to all the secrets of the high-rise, and Laing is shocked at what he sees. Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence as chaos breaks out in the building, and he begins to struggle with the violence that he also finds emerging in himself.

This film marks Hiddleston’s cinematic departure from his usual villainous turns on the big screen, which will be refreshing to see as the actor has showcased his range in roles in other media, most notably in the aforementioned Hollow Crown series.

High-rise is set to start production in July in Ireland, which will give Hiddleston a much needed breather. The actor just wrapped filming on another thriller, Crimson Peak, this month, starring alongside Jessica Chastain, Jim Beaver, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam in the Guillermo Del Toro helmed production.

Prepared to be Hiddleston-ed as both Crimson Peak and High-rise is set to hit theatres in 2015.

Erika Negrón Rivera
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