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Tom Hiddleston Set to Star in 'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley's JG Ballard Adaptation

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! February 5, 2014 at 3:40PM

Svelte stud Tom Hiddleston has been cast in the leading role in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High-Rise," an adaptation of the 1975 JG Ballard novel from a script by Amy Jump.
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Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston

Svelte stud Tom Hiddleston has been cast in the leading role in Ben Wheatley's upcoming "High-Rise," an adaptation of the 1975 JG Ballard novel scripted by Amy Jump.

Hiddleston will play Robert Laing, a hotshot doctor who falls under the spell of an elusive architect, unearthing a deadly and complex world of secrets and lies beneath the lustrous visage of a newly built residential tower in England.

Though the author died in 2009, his legacy prevails and some great films have come out of Ballard books: David Cronenberg's slick, psychosexual thriller "Crash" (1996) and Steven Spielberg's wonderful "Empire of the Sun" (1987). Wheatley is the visionary director of "Kill List," "Sightseers" and this year's radical mindbender "A Field in England," all written by Amy Jump.

Per Screen Daily, sales are being handled by HanWay, who will take the film to the European Film Market in Berlin this week. Hiddleston, who played a dastardly bedroom-eyed villain in "The Avengers," will soon be seen in Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.