Production kicks off in June…

Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing the loveable but dangerous Loki in ‘Avengers Assemble’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ has scored the lead in writer/director Ben Wheatley’s ‘High-Rise.’

An adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 dystopian sci-fi novel, the thriller takes place in a luxury ultra-modern residential high-rise. Within the concealing walls, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for technological mayhem.

Hiddleston will play Robert Laing, a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal.

“I am very excited to be working with Tom Hiddleston on this project. He is the perfect Laing to me. He brings intelligence, vulnerability and humour to his roles, be they art house or blockbuster that will make Laing come alive,” said Wheatley. “It’s also a great privilege to be working with Ballard’s seminal book.” Hiddleston added,

“I can’t wait to work with Ben. He is one of the most inspired directors in the UK, and he brings with him impeccable taste, courage, wit and singular brilliance – the perfect combination to realize the ambition of J.G. Ballard’s unique vision.”

Amy Jump, Wheatley’s wife and regular collaborator, is penning the screenplay, with Jeremy Thomas producing.

Principal photography is scheduled for June.