Explore the Many Different Faces of the 'Cloud Atlas' Cast Over Time

August 3, 2012
Source: Warner Bros

Cloud Atlas

Everything is Connected. Be prepared to have your mind blown. Ever since we first heard a few years back that the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer were casting actors to play multiple roles as multiple characters in the six various century-spanning storyline in Cloud Atlas, I've been anxiously awaiting a good look at all of them. We finally got a first taste with a phenomenal 5-minute trailer, and as part of the next phase of marketing Warner Bros has launched an official website that, so far, contains a timeline filled with faces of all of the actors. Many folks have already identified the various roles, but this is a complete cast breakdown.

Cloud Atlas contains six storylines, adapted from David Mitchell's novel. The first one takes place in the mid 1800s, the last one takes place in the distant future in post-apocalyptic Hawaii. If you need a better guide on the stories, our friends at SlashFilm have a great piece explaining each, with unique titles like "An Orison of Sonmi-451" and "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After". Here's a look at the faces of the Cloud Atlas cast:

Tom Hanks as Dr. Henry Goose / Isaac Sachs / Dermot 'Duster' Hoggins / Valleysman Zachry:

Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas

Hugo Weaving as Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / ?? / Old Georgie:

Hugo Weaving in Cloud Atlas
Hugo Weaving in Cloud Atlas

Halle Berry as ?? / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Meronym:

Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas

Jim Sturgess as Adam Ewing / Hae-Joo Im:

Jim Sturgess in Cloud Atlas

Jim Broadbent as Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish:

Jim Broadbent in Cloud Atlas

James D'Arcy as Rufus Sixsmith / ??:

James D'Arcy in Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant as Alberto Grimaldi / ??:

Hugh Grant in Cloud Atlas

Ben Whishaw as Robert Frobisher:

Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae as Sonmi-451:

Doona Bae in Cloud Atlas

David Gyasi as Autua / Keith David as Joe Napier:

David Gyasi / Keith David in Cloud Atlas

Susan Sarandon as Ursula / ??:

Susan Sarandon in Cloud Atlas

My favorites have to be the many faces of Hugo Weaving, as already seen on reddit. Though I really can't wait to see the performances of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, I honestly expect both of them to at least get Oscar nominations, as far as I can tell from this early perspective. But only time will tell what happens, and if this is even worthy! Cloud Atlas looks spectacular, ambitious and exciting and so many ways, and I can't wait to see it at TIFF coming up. For more, be sure to check out the official site:

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, co-written/directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (Bound, The Matrix, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International), that features six century-spanning storylines, all using the same actors playing characters across time and space. The film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Warner Bros has Cloud Atlas set for release on October 26th. Trailer here.

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  • Richie G
    Hugh Grant as his everyday self and then wearin a suit 'n shades to the left
  • LosZombies
    WOW...that makeup is AMAZING!!!
    • i know right!! i love it, i wish i could try it some time...
  • Well Im going to say it now. This movie will bomb.
    • Ryderup
      Agree. Another 'Speed Racer' for the brothers.
      • Puredyr
        Some of us actually liked "Speed Races".Because it's silly and fun.
      • rennmaxbeta
        Brother and sister.
      • Yea, some people actually liked Speed Racer! And this has nothing to do with Speed Racer. That had problems because it skewed towards young kids, this is exactly what they wanted, and it definitely does not aim towards kids. It will be a very hard sell, but worth it in the end, at least I think.
  • DoomCanoe
    ha Asian Hugo Weaving is funny lookin but this is super awesome
  • OH i thought it was a leprechaun remake when i first saw the image of Hugo Weavin as well.. yeah a leprechaun
  • HazedMind
    White Halle Berry is sorta scary, not even close to how i pictured the character when I was reading the book, although i did picture her white
  • JohnIGottschalk
    Honestly Tom Hanks ones are all the best, since they all look like people and he's still halfway recognisable. With some of them I wouldn't have been able to tell they were supposed to be the same person.
    • They're not really supposed to be the same person... Maybe the same "soul", but each person is a different person in a different time period. They're not really connected beyond the idea of rebirth and how this world works over time. However, each actor is not meant to be playing the exact same person.
      • JohnIGottschalk
        Well, I get that, but if it's going to be similar to the Fountain, I'd expect you'd still want them to look similar to their other iterations, so you can still follow the story (with that many characters its going to be a challenge). Then again, maybe they don't, since it seems the relationships are the same across iterations, so they might not want to give away that clue in each immediately.
  • The Truth
    Now I'm really curious to see this movie!
  • JBrotsis
    Hugo Weaving as "???"....Spock?
  • rennmaxbeta
    That's some of the best make up since Sean Connery became a Japanese in You Only Live Twice.
  • fem!anon
  • Iván López
    I think Susan Sarandon is the Abbess in the Slosha's part. Keith David will play Duophysite also. Doona Bae might play Zachry's elder sister. Hugh Grant will be a Kona leader. Halle Berry's first pic might correspond with a Chatham island native maid. Grant will also play Timothy Cavendish younger brother.
  • Kelly
    That yellowface is disgusting and also scary tbh
  • jim sturgess also played the zachry's friend who's killed (the one with the son) and the poor guy in the hotel (frobisher's time). tom hanks played the hotel keeper (frobisher's time also). doona bae also played adam ewing's fiance. yup.
  • WannaTalkSwiftly
    1. thank you for doing this 2. you haven't included all of the faces.. 3. i'm not one to usually nitpick about racial stuff....but i find it strange that you placed the two black men together..




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