Production has begun on the Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer teaming Cloud Atlas and Just Jared has posted the first set photos, depicting Tykwer along with stars Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving on-set in Glasgow, Scotland.
Based on the novel by David Mitchell, the film also stars Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Bae Doona, all of whom are expected to play multiple parts, including cross-gendered roles.
The plot of the novel itself is officially 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.
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