High-Rise has had a long journey to the screen. Ten years, in fact. Nic Roeg (Don't Look now) might have made the J.G. Ballard adaptation, but it has since fallen into the more than capable hands of Ben Wheatley.
Set in 1975 (the same year the novel was published), Wheatley's fifth film follows the plight of Tom Hiddleston's (Thor: The Dark World) Dr. Robert Laing. After moving into the eponymous tower looking for a bit of peace and quiet, he witnesses this microsociety coming apart at its debauched seams when the power goes out. At first a quizzical eyewitness, Laing soon turns enabler as others attack the block's three-tier class system and the man at its apex – Jeremy Irons' (Beautiful Creatures) architect Anthony Royal.
Alongside Hiddleston is a tremendous supporting cast that includes Sienna Miller (Stardust), Elisabeth Moss (The One I Love), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), James Purefoy (Solomon Cane), Reece Shearsmith (Shaun Of The Dead) and Dan Skinner (also known as Angelos Epithemiou).
Having premiered back in October at the London Film Festival, High-Rise will finally arrive 18 March.