Dr. Laing Will See You Now: Tom Hiddleston Narrates High-Rise’s Audiobook

Credit: Tom Hiddleston's Twitter
Credit: Tom Hiddleston’s Twitter

2015 is going to be the year of Tom Hiddleston, a fact declared by 4YE last year when Hiddleston’s year was outlined.

Hiddleston is already starting his year off quite well. His gothic thriller, Crimson Peak, was recently given rave reviews by the master of literature horror, Stephen King, who called the film “terrifying”.

If that wasn’t enough, Hiddleston is now getting the world excited about his other upcoming thriller, High-Rise.  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-story 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.

In the film adaptation, Hiddleston is Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal, is to be played by his Hollow Crown co-star Jeremy 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 Sienna Miller. Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the discord that takes over the building, 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.

To get the audiences revved up by the film’s release, Hiddleston has been tasked with the honor of narrating the audiobook version.

Hiddleston shared a bit about his experience filming as the announcement of his narrating duties was released.  “I spent last summer holed up as Dr Laing on the 25th floor of the High Rise, as brought to life on film by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump,” Hiddleston said. “The book was always, necessarily, our cornerstone. Ahead of the release of the film, it was great to go back to JG Ballard’s original text and to read it aloud. Ballard was prescient about so many things: our seduction by (and reliance on) technology; our attempted colonisation of the sky, and his particular, distinguishing implication that modern civilisation is perhaps only a few neighbourly disagreements away from collapse and chaos,” the British thespian revealed.

Check out a snippet of Hiddleston’s narration below:

Laurence Howell, the director of content at Audible.co.uk praised Hiddleston and said “We are very excited to have Tom on board as narrator for High Rise. He’s a widely respected and hugely popular name, and with the film adaptation set to be a big hit this autumn, Tom was the perfect person to bring the audiobook to life. We’re thrilled with the results and hope our listeners will be too.”

Hiddleston’s narration of High-Rise will be available on March 26 but if you are impatient, you can pre-order your copy now. As for the film itself, it will be release sometime in 2015.

 

Erika Negrón Rivera
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