First Look: 22 Pictures from the Wachowskis’ ‘Cloud Atlas’

Cloud Atlas title treatment
Photo: Warner Bros.

UPDATE: The extended 5:41 minute trailer is now online right here.

Yesterday’s Toronto International Film Festival in September was a thrilling revelation for me personally. I can’t wait to see what the Wachowskis have put together as the buzz around it has been hot ever since it screened for select industry individuals at Cannes.

Based on the novel by David Mitchell, the film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The cast includes the likes of Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, Halle Berry and Keith David and the pic is set to hit theaters on October 26 following its Toronto premiere.

Today Warner Bros. has released 22 individual images from the film, giving you your first official look at the world we will be playing in and the number of eclectic and diverse images make me that much more excited to see it.

The pics feature a variety of cast members, some are obvious, some not so much. Many of the actors were asked to play multiple roles in the film such as Hugh Grant who says he has “six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film” including a “cannibal, about 2000 years in the future”. David Whishaw will play three different roles, saying he will play “Frobisher in the thirties; a female American in the seventies, in the Luisa Rey section; and a smallish role, where I’m basically an extra, in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section.” Jim Sturgess will have six roles in the film, including that of Adam Ewing, a character whose part in the story bookends the novel from which it’s based.

You can browse the gallery of all 22 images by clicking on first thumbnail below and scrolling through. See how many actors you can name along the way. Like I said, some are pretty easy, others… not so much.

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