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Hugo Weaving Reteaming with Wachowski Siblings for 'Cloud Atlas'

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May 11, 2011
Source: THR

Hugo Weaving / Cloud Atlas

After working with Andy and Lana (that's right, not Larry) Wachowski on all three installments of The Matrix franchise, the fantastic Hugo Weaving is set to re-team with the writing/directing duo again. THR reports Weaving has joined the cast of Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell's novel of the same name. The story spans centuries following a 19th century American notary, a poor British musician in the 1930s, a journalist in 1970s California, a vanity press publisher in the early 21st century, a rebellious clone in the near future and a primitive Hawaiian tribesman surviving after the apocalypse. Yeah, it's pretty epic.

In addition, Ben Wishaw (The International) has also joined the cast which already includes Halle Berry and the always fantastic Tom Hanks. And if that wasn't good enough, each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles, something Hanks should be used to after The Polar Express. The two Wachowski siblings are working with director Tom Tykwer on the project and I'm already quite excited to see how it turns out. Weaving's turn in The Matrix films pretty much made him a household name (or at least an easily recognizable face) as Agent Smith, and he's a welcome addition to any project, especially one with the Wachowski's. Sound good?

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  • Xerxexx
    Color me interested.
  • Guy
    Too weird.
  • http://cinemanostalgia.net/ Cinema Nostalgia
    Is it really officially "Lana" now? Sounds like Hugo Weaving has a similar working relationship to the Wachowski's as Johnny Depp has with Tim Burton.
  • Elseharbeau
    Um... Hugo Weaving doesn't really look like Agent Smith most of the time. ;) But the Wachowskis do remain the only US directors who give Weaving meaty roles (rather than expecting him to play variations on Agent Smith) so it could be an amazing movie. Certainly I admire the ambition to tackle something so ambitious as David Mitchell's novel.
    • JL
      I thoroughly enjoyed Weaving's performance in V for Vendetta. He was hands down the best part of it. It's funny how we take for granted the facial expressions in an actor's performance, until you see one do a whole movie with a mask on, and he has to use his voice and his body language to full effect to compensate. He did such a fantastic job. This concept sounds interesting and with talented actors on board, I'm in.
      • Robert
        Totally agree with you JL!
  • http://www.facebook.com/shero.rauf shero
    Just 3 days ago a friend told me that one of the brothers who directed Matrix just transformed into a woman !!! I thought he was Joking !!! .. and I forgot about that until you wrote it now !!! .. Looks like Matrix changed a lot of things ;-)
    • Xerxexx
      Got to give them kudos, Andy supported Larry's/Lana's decision and it seems to have had no affect on their directing careers.
    • JL
      So Andy's bro is now his sis? Way too weird. I wonder how he adjusts to such a bizarre change.
      • Xerxexx
        I'm willing to bet he is used to it.
  • http://www.davidportugheis.com David Portugheis
    I just watched Hugo Weaving in The Adventures of Priscilla, it just reminded me again how amazing he is as an actor. There is an unknown gem starring Hugo called The Interview which I really liked too. Can't wait to see this one!
  • vanagwathiel
    All that weirdness! I'm in. But please do change that pic!. It's creepy. :S
  • avi3316
    sounds great and maybe a realy epic movie. but i am realy waiting for the immortals from Tarsem Singh...
  • Ryderup
    Weaving is a great - and cool- actor. I dislike the MAtrix sequels but the scene with Agent Smith and the Oracle where he gets crazy is so good. And he was truly great in V also and LOTR.
  • Ryderup
    But Tom Tykner, hmm.. I don't dig him after hearing him on the commentary track to the (Decent but sort of cheap) The International.
  • Cody
    Love that picture.
  • Scottorque
    Check the Australian movie - "The Interview" Hugo Weaving really puts on an acting clinic. Great flick!
  • http://www.facebook.com/danielvutran Daniel Vu Tran
     I've always confused him with Will Arnett. LOL

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