When not wreaking havoc on the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the manipulative Loki, Tom Hiddleston likes to show off his acting chops in everything, from tentpole blockbusters to television miniseries to indie dramas. His latest project is Down Terrace director Ben Wheatley's High-Rise, and it looks poised to be one of Hiddleston's most challenging roles yet.
Based on the dystopian sci-fi novel by J.G. Ballard, High-Rise tells the tale of Dr. Robert Laing, who moves into a luxury high-rise apartment following the death of his sister. The building provides every comfort, necessity and indulgence a person could possibly need, including schools and supermarkets. With no reason to ever leave, the residents of the building become increasingly isolated from the outside world and tensions begin rise between the various socioeconomic classes. The situation soon deteriorates to the point where people start making questionable moral choices they once would have been too horrified to even contemplate.
Visually, the film is stunning, with the set pieces and costuming reflecting the luxurious feel of a building in which all of your wildest dreams and nightmares can come true. We have a few exclusive GIFs to debut, showcasing the opulence of the film — and yes, one of them includes Tom Hiddleston sunbathing naked.
Maybe I've seen too many horrors and thrillers where things go horribly wrong in a public swimming pool, but I can't be the only one who feels as if someone is at best going to fall into the pool — and at worst be stabbed to death. Right?
What are you even doing, Tom? Everyone knows you don't show up to a French Revolution-themed costume party in a tux. Awkward.
There it is. Mesmerizing, isn't it? I'm talking about the, uh — the way the curtains move in the breeze, of course. Yep. Definitely the curtains.
If the premise of the film and Wheatley being one of the most inventive directors working in the UK at the moment aren't enough to whet your appetite, then maybe Tom Hiddleston will. And the film boasts an impressive cast beyond Hiddleston; Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Luke Evans (Furious 7), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and James Purefoy (A Knight's Tale) to name but a few. Now that's an acting clinic, if ever there was one.
High-Rise hits theaters in May on Friday the 13th, but if you can't wait that long, it's also available On Demand, on Amazon Video, and on iTunes from April 28.