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Susan Sarandon & Jim Broadbent Also Join 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation

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May 12, 2011
Source: THR

Cloud Atlas

Yesterday we found out that regular Wachowski sibling collaborator Hugo Weaving had joined the cast of their adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas with German director Tom Tykwer. Now two more names have been added to the cast as THR reports Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge) and Susan Sarandon (You Don't Know Jack) will star in the centuries-spanning story that has six storylines, each set in a different place and era, stretching from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future. Making this sprawling adaptation even more interesting is every single member of the cast will be playing multiple roles.

More specifically, here's a synopsis of the novel:

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

The two new cast members not only join Weaving and Ben Wishaw (who was also added yesterday), but Tom Hanks and Halle Berry have since been confirmed to star as well. As for what roles the actors will play in the story, details have yet to be revealed. However, with a cast like this, I'm already more than interested in the adaptation and the unique story from David Mitchell's novel certainly doesn't hurt either. There's likely more casting coming soon, so stay tuned to see who else will be working with the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer on this promising production. Sound good?

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