Ben Whishaw and Hugo Weaving are set to take on major roles in the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Focus International says The Hollywood Reporter.
The pair join a now confirmed Halle Berry and Tom Hanks 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.
The Wachowski siblings and “The International” director Tom Tykwer will share writing and directing duties on the multi-strand story. Grant Hill and Stefan Arndt are producing and shooting aims to begin in the Fall.