By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood 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 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."