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Elisabeth Moss moves into High-Rise

Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans have joined the big screen adaptation of JG Ballard's classic thriller High-Rise.

The Mad Men actress and the Welsh Hobbit actor join James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando and comedian Dan Renton Skinner in the British film, directed by Ben Wheatley.

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.

Tom Hiddleston is starring as young doctor Robert Laing in the thriller, while Sienna Miller will play his love interest Charlotte, who works as an assistant to visionary architect Anthony Royal, played by Jeremy Irons.

Elisabeth and Luke will play trouble-making tenants Richard and Helen Wilder.

Ben said: "Elisabeth Moss and Luke Evans are great additions to our cast. I'm really excited to be working with both of them. I'm looking forward to see what they will bring to the complex relationship between Richard and Helen Wilder."

Ben's movie is angled with the hindsight that the tower block is built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's rise to power, at the site of what will soon become the world's financial hub.

The Sightseers director has teamed up with his writer wife 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.

Shooting is due to begin in July in Belfast.

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