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Top cast for High-Rise as Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons join Belfast shoot

By Maureen Coleman

Two top stars have signed up to shoot a movie in Belfast this year – in yet another show of confidence in Northern Ireland's film industry.

Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons will reunite this summer to shoot the big screen adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise.

The pair – who starred together in the 2005 movie Casanova – are the latest high-profile names to join the cast, which already includes Tom Hiddleston.

Filming is expected to get under way in Northern Ireland in July. The movie will be produced by Jeremy Thomas and directed by Ben Wheatley and is the latest major production to come to Northern Ireland to boost our film industry.

Oscar winner Irons, who will also shoot Zak Snyder's Batman vs Superman this year, will play a visionary architect while Miller will play his devoted aide.

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. Hiddleston's character Robert Laing is a young doctor seduced by the high-rise and its creator, architect Anthony Royal (Irons).

Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties and also strikes up a relationship with Royal's aide Charlotte, played by Miller. Backers include Northern Ireland Screen, Film4 and the BFI, which has invested £1m into the project.

Miller, who is an actress, model and fashion designer, has starred in numerous movies and television projects, including Layer Cake, Alfie, Factory Girl, The Edge Of Love and The Girl.

But the Golden Globe nominated actress is as famed for her personal life as her career.

She was engaged to actor Jude Law, had a dalliance with Bond star Daniel Craig and is currently involved with another British actor, Tom Sturridge.

Star of stage and screen Irons, who won an Oscar for his role in the 1990 film Reversal Of Fortune, has appeared in countless productions such as Macbeth, Brideshead Revisited, Damage, Elizabeth I, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Dead Ringers. He is married to Irish actress Sinead Cusack and owns several properties in Ireland, including a castle in Co Cork.

Producer Jeremy Thomas, who previously worked on David Cronenberg's adaptation of Ballard's Crash, said: "I'm excited to adapt another Ballard book.

"His books are full of so many ideas and to be working with Ben, Tom, Jeremy and Sienna in a movie like this is why I love producing films."

Wheatley added: "I've been a fan of Sienna's since seeing her heartbreaking role in Factory Girl. There's a steely resilience in her performances, and I know she will be excellent in her central role in High-Rise.

"What can you say about Jeremy Irons? He's one of our finest actors and it's very exciting to work with him."

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