It is very important to me that Tom Hiddleston keep up his good work as one of Hollywood's favorite crushes. I have no doubt that he will, of course, because even when he's off in London working on Shakespearean theater productions the Internet's still drooling over him as if he were on every cover of GQ — and can you blame us? Shakespeare is sexy. Still, I do not live in London, and I'm already tortured enough over that fact, so when Hiddleston signs on to play exciting new film roles, it makes me very selfishly happy. Such is the case with Hiddleston's signing on to star in High Rise , the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 novel of the same name.
The film will be directed by Ben Wheatly (Kill List) with the script written by Amy Jump (also Kill List), and it will be set in the '70s as the source material is. Here's the synopsis of the novel, via Amazon:
"Harsh and ingenious! High Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind." —Martin Amis, New Statesman
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.
Sounds like that fantasy cafeteria scene from Mean Girls but with more stockbrokers.
Honestly, Hiddleston in a film that requires him at his most sophisticated and his most savage? Sounds perfect.
This thing doesn't start filming 'til June, so here's a video from the behind-the-scenes of Coriolanus to tide you over. I never knew watching a man play theater games could be so attractive, but I really shouldn't be so surprised.
(And don't forget, Coriolanus is now being broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse to theaters around the world.)