Tom Hanks has officially joined the cast of The Wachowskis feature adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, to be written and co-directed by Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run). It was reported last year that Halle Berry was attached to star and that filming was planned for the summer. Deadline reports that filming will begin in September, with Warner Bros set to distribute in North America and Focus Features International handling distribution overseas. Hugo Weaving is rumored to be starring as well, according to a tweet from book publisher Hachette Australia:
Actor Hugo Weaving has said he is working on the film adaption of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas with the makers of The Matrix!
Here’s the synopsis of the book:
The story presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naive clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage: and aspiring composer who insinuates himself to the home of a syphilitic genius: a journalist investigating a nuclear plant: a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands: and a cloned human being created for slave labour. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the story.
Hanks is thought to be playing Dr. Henry Goose. Halle Berry will play Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization. What are your thougths of this casting news?