Hugh Grant (About a Boy) has been added to the cast of Cloud Atlas, the bold cinematic adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel of the same name.

Grant, who has been somewhat absent from the screen since 2009’s Did You Hear About The Morgans, will star opposite Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Bae Doona, Jim Sturgess and David Gyasi.

Synopsis: 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.

Cloud Atlas, to be directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Tywker, is scheduled to shoot in Scotland, Germany and Spain as of Friday, September 16.

Source: Screen Daily