Tom Hiddleston has signed up to star in an adaptation of JG Ballard’s classic thriller High-Rise.
The Avengers actor will take the lead as Laing, a young doctor, in the film, directed by British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, ScreenDaily reported.
The Sightseers director has teamed up with writer Amy Jump, who he worked with on Kill List and A Field In England, to bring the dystopian sci-fi novel to the big screen.
The film has been in the works for several years and is being produced by Jeremy Thomas, an old friend of Ballard, the English novelist who died in 2009.
Director Ben, who is shooting the new series of Doctor Who for the BBC, tweeted: “Here we go. Can’t quite believe this is happening.
“Tom Hiddleston! Jeremy Thomas! Script by Amy Jump! JG BALLARD!”
Screen Daily quoted Thor star Tom as saying: “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 realise the ambition of JG Ballard’s unique vision.”
High-Rise, published in 1975, is set in a luxurious block of flats which is designed to cut off its residents from the outside world.
Life in the building descends into chaos, and the residents, isolated from the authorities, end up living at war with one another.
Previous adaptations of Ballard’s work include controversial drama Crash, directed by David Cronenberg, and Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated Empire Of The Sun.