The most striking revelation in some recent casting announcements about Cloud Atlas, which Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis are adapting from the novel by David Mitchell, was that all the major actors would be playing multiple roles. That wasn’t the biggest surprise, as the primary characteristic of the novel is that it is a nested set of six stories, each of which relates to the others in ways that are occasionally minor and (once or twice) quite significant. Having actors play multiple characters would emphasize the relationship between the stories and, given that the tales cross gulfs of time, keep the primary cast from spiraling up into the dozens.

But I hadn’t gone so far as to assume that each actor would have a role in each of the six stories. Now it seems that at least one will, as Hugo Weaving says he’s got six roles in the movie. Read More »


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There’s some major movement on Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s ambitious novel that Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski are writing and planning to direct together. The project has been crawling forward for some time, and was recently announced as a definite ‘go’ with Tom Hanks in one of the key roles. Quite a few other people have been discussed as possible cast members, and the news today confirms Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving and adds Ben Whishaw. Much more info, including a long casting/character breakdown, is after the break. Read More »

So we know for certain now: after being relatively dormant since Speed Racer, the next film from the Wachowskis will be an adaptation of the David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas. They’re co-writing and co-directing with Tom Tykwer, more or less as we’ve reported in the past, and Tom Hanks is officially attached to star. Warner Bros. will handle the film in the US and Focus Features International will have rights elsewhere. The idea is to pre-sell other rights at Cannes and then get down to the business of shooting the film in September. More details are after the break, if you haven’t been following along while the film was in the rumor stage. Read More »

Last time we heard about the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s novel Cloud Atlas, the Wachowskis were reportedly set to shoot the film in summer of this year. That was slightly confusing, as Tom Tykwer was hired to write many months ago, and was seemingly set to direct as well, with the Wachowskis producing. The idea that the siblings would step in to direct the film themselves seemed odd.

But it’s not quite as odd as this: according to a new interview with Natalie Portman, all three filmmakers will in fact direct Cloud Atlas when (or if) cameras roll later this year. Read More »


Last year we heard that Tom Tykwer was working to adapt David Mitchell‘s massive post-modern novel Cloud Atlas for producers the Wachowskis. At the same time we heard that Natalie Portman had been linked to the adaptation, but there was no official confirmation and things have been pretty solid on the Cloud Atlas front since then. (In part because Tykwer was directing another film, Drei, which wrapped at the end of November.)

Now we’re hearing that the Natalie Portman link is legit, and that offers have gone out to quite an impressive roster of additional actors. Read More »

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