Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are in talks to join the amazing cast of Cloud Atlas from directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. The trio made a presentation today at the Cannes Film Festival revealing their plans for the epic adaptation of David Mitchell's book. Earlier we reported that Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw and Halle Berry had joined Tom Hanks in the multi-timeline fantasy. The Wachowskis and Tykwer adapted the film that follows "the progress of a soul across six separate existences spanning centuries." Filming is slated to begoin in September.
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.
The cast gets better by the day for this film. Cloud Atlas could be the film that brings The Wachowskis back from the slump created by Speed Racer. What are your thoughts on this casting news?