Jim Sturgess Also Has a Role in Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation
Already boasting in an impressive cast (despite its modest budget), the adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas from the Wachowski siblings and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, the production can't help but add another great cast member. USA Today confirms (via The Playlist) that One Day and Across the Universe star Jim Sturgess will be part of the cast which already includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent. And considering we've heard each actor will play a variety of characters in the six worlds of the story, it should be quite the spectacle.
Here's what Sturgess had to say about the project to The Playlist:
"[All the actors] play a few characters, it’s very clever what [the directors are] gonna try and do. I’m really really really excited about it. I think it’s going to be bonkers, it’s either going to work or it’s not. I’m really excited to see if we can pull it off, because it’s ambitious what they want to do. And it’s nice, you feel like no one’s ever done that in a film before, it’s like rep theater on a sort of giant movie scale.”
I don't know how drastically different each of the characters are in the separate worlds, but the story follows six plot threads across time—a 19th century notary on a Pacific expedition, a bisexual musician in the 1930s, a female journalist in a thriller in 1970s California, an aging publisher in London in the present, a clone in a futuristic dystopia, and a Pacific survivor in a post-apocalyptic world. What makes this even crazier is all these worlds fold in on themselves. So yeah, this should be quite a wild and unique film, and with a cast like this, I'm only more intrigued.