The first teaser trailer for director Ben Wheatley’s big-screen adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High-Rise has made its way online.
Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, who plays lead character Dr. Robert Laing, the teaser is less about the movie and more about the fictional building firm "Anthony Royal Architecture" that constructs the fictional residential tower in which the movie takes place. Hiddleston prepared for his role by going to work with a leading pathologist and participating in an autopsy.
A dark and bleak vision of modern life set in an urban setting, High-Rise follows Laing in 1975 London, where he gets seduced by the lifestyle of living in a high-rise, an isolated community cut from the rest of society. Moving onto the 25th floor, Laing falls for Anthony Royal’s (Jeremy Irons) beautiful assistant Charlotte (Sienna Miller) and befriends Richard Walker (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor who's determined to incite a class war based on the class injustices intrinsic to the high-rise.
Shades of Snowpiercer, anyone? Although to be fair, High Rise (the novel) was written before the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. Check it out:
Here’s a blurb for the classic sci-fi novel on which the movie is based:
When a class war erupts inside a luxurious apartment block, modern elevators become violent battlegrounds and cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on “enemy” floors. In this visionary tale, human society slips into violent reverse as once-peaceful residents, driven by primal urges, re-create a world ruled by the laws of the jungle.
High-Rise also stars Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), James Purefoy (Rome, John Carter) Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Enzo Cilenti (Game of Thrones, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Reece Shearsmith (Doctor Who) and Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2).
The movie premiered at the London Film Festival back in October but is slated to be released in theaters on March 18, 2016.