The first teaser trailer has arrived for Ben Wheatley’s ambitious adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise. Instead of giving too much away, Wheatley has devised a promo for Anthony Royal’s (Jeremy Irons) architecture company, and it is dripping with a foreboding tone. I’m not sure it would secure Royal any further commissions, but it is creepy as hell.
Movie trailers today seem too fixated on showing off enough of the finished product to entice an audience, but all too frequently we pay our money and the excess trailers has partly spoiled to experience. High-Rise is doing exactly what movie trailers were designed to do, sell the sizzle and create intrigue. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss. High Rise is released in the UK March, 2016.
London, 1975. Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) is a young doctor seduced by the lifestyle in a high-rise, an isolated community, cut off from the rest of society in their luxury tower block, and its creator, the architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons). Taking up residence on the twenty-fifth floor, Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Sienna Miller). After Laing befriends Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor who is determined to provoke the class injustices inherent in the high-rise, a dangerous social situation develops and the high-rise eventually fragments into violent tribes.