Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer said at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday that Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are joining Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in their $100 million adaptation of Cloud Atlas.
The film will be based on the book by David Mitchell which is described as follows:
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles. The Wachowskis and Tykwer co-wrote and will co-direct the movie, which starts shooting in September. Warner Bros. Pictures will release Cloud Atlas in North America.