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Tom Hanks Confirmed for The Wachowskis' 'Cloud Atlas' Adaptation

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April 12, 2011
Source: Deadline

Tom Hanks / Cloud Atlas

As we learned earlier this year, The Wachowskis are teaming up with German filmmaker Tom Tykwer to direct adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. We've known for a while that the cast might include Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, maybe even James McAvoy, but one big name that's now officially confirmed is Tom Hanks. Deadline reports that Hanks is officially attached to star in Cloud Atlas; shooting begins in September. The film will be produced by Five Drops' Grant Hill and Stefan Arndt. This sounds like it should turn out quite interesting, especially with someone as talented as Tom Hanks leading them along.

David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas features six main characters, and spans thousands of years and several genres. It's comprised of six separate but loosely related narratives that weave together history, science, suspense, humor and pathos. "An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution." As much as I love Tom Hanks, his last few roles haven't been that exciting, so I'm looking forward to seeing him take on another very dynamic character like he did in Forrest Gump or Cast Away. He needs an Oscar worthy comeback, at least I believe he does, unless he's going to stick with writing/directing. I just want more unforgettable Tom Hanks again!

Word is that Andy & Lana Wachowski are co-directing with Tom Tykwer, but we don't know how many of the six storylines they're going to try to shoot on their own or if the script revises everything to be a bit more grounded. We'll definitely keep you updated. I'm always excited for the next Wachowskis project, whatever it is, and this is definitely not an exception! Anyone else ready to see Tom Hanks make a comeback?

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  • Anonymous
    Nice!
  • Anonymous
    This is great! Wachowskis and Hanks is an odd but awesome combination. Also what is the picture from Alex?
    • Bltzie
      It's from a little Spielberg film called The Terminal
      • Anonymous
        is that it? wow, I can't remember that scene...help!
        • Anonymous
          I think that is near the end, when security allowed him to go out and see the jazz player.
          • Miles
            Nope. It's right at the beginning, just after he's seen the news report about Krakowsia.
  • Gh
    anyway, it's from "the terminal"...now get a life :)
  • Anonymous
    This sounds interesting...Tom Hanks and The Wachowskis...never saw that coming! BTW The Terminal was awesome! Tom Hanks in one of his finest and one of my favorite movies of his. Krakozhia! LOL!
  • WB Exec
    You say "ready to see Hanks make a come back", where did he go? He is an A-Lister, he does not have to do any or every movie that comes his way.

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