Stacy Martin, who starred in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (above) earlier this year, is the latest to enter Ben Wheatley’s new feature, High-Rise. Martin is the third casting announcement this week, after Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss both joined the cast a few days ago.
The in-demand actress will take on the character ‘Fay’ in the feature about the lives of an affluent community cut off from society in a luxury block of flats.
Martin is currently shooting Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut The Tale of Tales, which also stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly.
Wheatley’s High Rise is an update of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel, which is being produced by Jeremy Thomas’ RPC. The cast now includes Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, James Purefoy, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and Stacy Martin.
Hiddleston leads cast on the thriller as a young doctor drawn into the violence and debauchery of a surreal 1970s residential tower block.
Shoot is slated to get underway this July in Belfast. Script comes from Amy Jump while financiers include FilmFour and the British Film Institute, with support from Northern Ireland Screen.
Studio Canal will release the film in the UK.
The film centres on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world’s financial hub. Designed as a luxurious solution to the problems of the city, it is a world apart.
Enter Robert Laing (Hiddleston), a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, the visionary architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller).
But rot has set in beneath the flawless surface. Sensing discord amongst the tenants, Laing meets Wilder, a charismatic provocateur bent on inciting the situation. Wilder initiates Laing into the hidden life of the high-rise and Laing is shocked at what he sees. As the residents break into tribal factions, Laing finds himself in the middle of mounting violence. Violence that he also finds emerging in himself.