Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Tom’s vivid interpretation of J. G. Ballard’s unnerving dystopian novel, High-Rise. The narration by The Avengers star Hiddleston, which anticipates the release of a new film adaptation of the novel in the fall, is available for download at www.audible.com/HighRise.
“I spent last summer holed up as Dr. Laing on the 25th floor of the ‘High Rise,’ as brought to life on film by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump,” said Hiddleston. “The book was always, necessarily, our cornerstone. Ahead of the release of the film, it was great to go back to J. G. Ballard’s original text and to read it aloud. Ballard was prescient about so many things: our seduction by (and reliance on) technology; our attempted colonization of the sky; and his particular, distinguishing implication that modern civilization is perhaps only a few neighborly disagreements away from collapse and chaos.”
BBC One has just released a first look image of Hiddleston in John le Carre’s “The Night Manager”, and Tom himself shared a behind the scenes one on his Facebook page. We’ve added them both to our photo gallery and you can check them below! The series is expected to premiere on 2016.
Tom will narrate a new children’s adaptation of Henry V. The film will premiere in primary schools throughout the country during Shakespeare Week from March 16-22.
New venture WillShake aims to open Shakespeare’s plays up to a younger audience by having young people take on his famous characters.
Director Joe Talbot said: “We wanted to let children hear the language, feel the mood and see the story unfold in the most exciting and relevant way. The blend of Shakespeare, film and digital technology allows young people in every corner of the UK to connect with the tale.”
Hiddleston added: “With WillShake, Joe Talbot and Emily Blacksell have achieved something wonderful. They have completely reimagined the possibilities for children and their first contact with Shakespeare. Their Henry V film is fresh, dynamic and so lovingly crafted that it’s impossible not to stand up for it. Bravo.”
Hiddleston recently won a What’s On Stage Award for his performance in a new production of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
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Stars including Tom Hiddleston, Debbie Harry, Gemma Arterton and Simon Pegg are putting the T into charity by signing up to help Comic Relief.
They posed for pictures in a range of special t-shirts designed by some of fashion’s biggest names including Anya Hindmarch, Karl Lagerfeld and Matthew Williamson. The t-shirts – and a onesie designed by Henry Holland – will go on sale at TK Maxx stores with a share of the proceeds going to Comic Relief.
Watch below the behind-the-scenes with all the celebrities, including Tom:
High-Rise is featured on April issue of Empire Magazine, featuring the first official promotional image with Tom on it.
There are many reasons to look forward to High-Rise. It’s the latest, and possibly craziest, film to date from Ben Wheatley – and when you consider that he’s directed Kill List, Sightseers and A Field In England, that’s saying something. An adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel about the disintegration of the denizens of a London tower block in 1975, it promises to be challenging, evocative, violent, deranged, darkly funny, bewildering and gripping.
And then, if all that isn’t enough, there’s its astonishing cast, including Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Reece Shearsmith and, as polar opposites whose paths will fatefully cross as everything falls apart, Luke Evans and Tom Hiddleston.
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The film adaptation of the novel by the same name, starring Tom, is now being made into an audiobook. The audiobook producer made the announcement via Twitter, stating it will be out pretty soon and sold on Amazon. The first still from the film has also been released, and we’ve added it to our photo gallery.
Our gallery has been updated with the first images of Tom at the WhatsOnStage Awards in London, England. As previously reported, he was nominated for his portrayal of Coriolanus in the best actor category, but lost out to Tennant as another of Shakespeare’s leading men, Richard II. Make sure you keep an eye out for image additions!
Some of Britain’s hottest stars and several of New York’s acclaimed musicals are up for WhatsOnStage Awards, the recipients of which are announced today, February 15, at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. The awards show is hosted by British performers Mel Giedroyc and Steve Furst.
Broadway favorites like Memphis, Urinetown, and Here Lies Love are all competing against one another in the Best New Musical category, while splashy West End revivals of The Pajama Game and Miss Saigon go head to head in the Best Revival of a Musical category.
The Best Actor in a Play category is filled with stage and screen favorites, with David Tennant, Tom Hiddleston, Richard Armitage, and Mark Strong battling for the recognition. Hiddleston, known for playing Loki in the Avengers films, is nominated for leading the cast of Donmar Warehouse’s Coriolanus, while Doctor Who’s Tennant is also receiving a nomination for Shakespeare with his performance as Richard II at the Barbican. Strong, who can be seen in The Imitation Game, is Eddie Carbone in a new revival of A View From the Bridge. Tom Bateman is nominated for playing a heartthrob version of William Shakespeare himself in Shakespeare in Love.
You can see the full list of nominees by clicking here.
Here’s the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, which stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam in a gothic haunted house movie, but probably one that has some big-budget set pieces to provide scares and strangeness. Check out the Crimson Peak trailer below, which is powered by a quiet but ominous cover of Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand.’. Screen captures also has been added in our gallery. Crimson Peak opens on October 16.