Hanks, McKellen, McAvoy On “Cloud Atlas”

A large ensemble of impressive actors have joined the cast of a film adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas” reports The Playlist.

Tom Hanks, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Natalie Portman, and Halle Berry will all play leads in the ensemble drama which spans six different story lines over a millennia. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next.

The stories in order include an American notary’s voyage across the Pacific in 1850, a young English musician working as an amanuensis in 1930’s Belgium, a 1970’s Californian journalist investigating corruption around a nuclear plant, a modern day British publisher who becomes confined to a nursing home, a clone political prisoner being executed in a dystopian near future Korea, and a Hawaiian tribesman in a post-apocalyptic distant future telling a story around a campfire.

Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”) is set to direct while the Wachowskis will produce. No word on production dates as yet.