A new trailer for the near-future tale High-Rise has been released, offering up a deeper dive into the class warfare we’ll find at the top (and bottom) of the skyscrapers humanity calls home.
The film is centered around Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), who plays a doctor who moves into a high-rise apartment at the heart of a socio-economic feud between the rich folks on the top and everyone else on the bottom. Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) lends his unique vision to the proceedings, and the latest trailer seems to peel back a few more layers from the extended cast (Luke Evans, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, etc.) and how they fit into the mix.
The film has generated a good bit of buzz on the festival circuit, with many saying Evans is the true breakout star of the dark comedy. The concept is an interesting one to explore, providing a very direct mirror to the world we live in — all filtered through a slightly off-kilter lens (with some stunning visuals, thanks to the architecture and design of the high-rise itself).
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
HIGH-RISE stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building’s eccentric tenants: Charlotte (Miller), his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder (Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen (Moss); and Mr. Royal (Irons), the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war. HIGH-RISE is the latest film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel of the same name.
High-Rise will be available on demand April 28, with a theatrical run kicking off May 13.