Okay, in case you’re not dialed in, Ben Wheatley is one of the fastest rising filmmakers in the U.K. and there’s seemingly nothing he can’t do. The filmmaker has hopscotched through all types of genres in just a few short years, often mixing and matching them together for inspired results. “Down Terrace” mixed crime and family drama, “Kill List” blended an assassins movie with spooky horror, “Sightseers” was a hilarious mélange of comedy and serial killers, and “A Field in England” had the distinction of being the only psychedelic psychological thriller set in the mid-17th century during the English Civil War.
Wheatley’s really attracted some top talent for his latest film, “High-Rise,” an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s dark, psychological social satire of the same name, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando and Keeley Hawes.
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Here’s the 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.
Due in the U.K. soon, March 18, Studio Canal is wasting no time promoting “High-Rise,” this week releasing a new poster, new images and finally a new trailer. It’s a film that divided audiences at festivals last year, but everything Wheatley does is worth watching. We’ll be there when it finally hits the U.S., available first on Demand, on Amazon Video and on iTunes, April 28th and then in theaters May 13th. In the meantime, watch the new trailer below.