Hanks, Berry, McAvoy, & McKellen Lined Up for 'Cloud Atlas'
Early last year, we talked with director Tom Tykwer who revealed in our interview that he was working on an adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas that the Wackowskis were producing. Since then we haven't heard much about it and Tykwer has gone on to direct an indie called Three. But now The Playlist says that in the latest Production Weekly there's a new listing for Cloud Atlas that says it's moving forward with quite a cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman. None of this has been confirmed yet, but it could be possible that these five are in, however only offers are out to them.
Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, published in 2004, is a novel comprised of six separate but loosely related narratives that weave together history, science, suspense, humor and pathos. Tykwer hasn't yet revealed which of the six he will be focusing on, which is the next big question to be answered, because the book spans a variety of genres: "from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy." The project is "moving towards a production start next spring" and offers have apparently gone out to those actors. That would be an absolutely incredible cast, so I hope it all comes together. We'll let you know when/if they are confirmed!