First picture of Tom Hiddleston in High-Rise

Tom Hiddleston is going up in JG Ballard adaptation

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Look at Tom Hiddleston. Nice, isn’t he? Looks flash in that sharp suit. A bit bored, maybe. Just minding his own business, waiting for the lift to reach his top floor penthouse. 

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Soon he will sink to new depths… 

The first image from High-Rise, the movie adaptation of  JG Ballard’s novel, gives no hint of the weirdness to come. Set in 1975 (but also sort of the future), it follows the residents of a London tower block that cuts itself off from society and descends into mayhem, class warfare and violence.

Hiddleston plays anti-hero Dr Robert Laing, with Jeremy Irons as the architect of the building. Among their neighbours from hell are Luke Evans, Sienna Miller and James Purefoy.

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Speaking to Empire magazine, director Ben Wheatley said “The book makes as much sense now as it did then.”