Cannes: Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller Get Keys for ‘High-Rise’

Jeremy Irons Oscars Party - P 2012
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Jeremy Irons Oscars Party - P 2012

Ben Wheatley directs the J.G. Ballard novel adaptation, which stars Tom Hiddleston, is produced by Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas and is being touted to buyers by HanWay.

Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, the adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel mounted by Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, will be tenanted by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller alongside Tom Hiddleston.

Irons has signed to play an architect in Wheatley’s movie, which centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power in late 1970s Britain, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. The luxury apartment block’s residents end up breaking into factions and violence ensues.

Hiddleston will play a young doctor seduced by the high-rise’s promise, while Miller plays the architect’s assistant who he ends up pursuing.

Production is due to get underway in July in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with HanWay touting the fresh cast and project to buyers in Cannes.

The movie is scripted by Wheatley’s wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump. Backers include Film4, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Film Institute.

Thomas and his Recorded Picture Company are no strangers to bringing Ballard’s work to the big screen, having produced David Cronenberg’s Crash.