It’s been a few weeks since we had any news on Cloud Atlas, an adventurous, centuries-spanning adaptation to be directed by The Wachoswkis  (Bound, The Matrix, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer). We heard that Tom Hanks was on board and now we hear that Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw have joined the production as well.

Weaving (fresh from peeling his scalp off in Captain America) of course has ample experience of the Wachowskis, across three Matrix films and their work as producers on V for Vendetta. Whishaw meanwhile worked with Tykwer on the afore-mentioned Perfume, so it looks like the directors are bringing the gang back together.

Weaving and Whishaw are each said to be on board in significant roles, with shooting scheduled to begin this coming Autumn and seasoned screen stars Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent will be on board too.

THR also offered the following helpful information on the project:-

Mitchell’s 2004 novel follows six story lines that include a 19th century American notary, a poor British musician in the 1930s, a journalist in 1970s California, a vanity press publisher in the early 21st century, a rebellious clone in the near future and a primitive Hawaiian tribesman surviving after the apocalypse. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles.

So there you go. It looks like the scope of this film is going to be pretty immense and no doubt further casting news will ramp up in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you up to date.

Source: THR.

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