The first trailer and images have surfaced for Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell’s acclaimed 2004 novel by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. The nearly six-minute trailer (appropriately lengthy for a 164-minute film) gives us our first look at the film’s eclectic cast, which includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Bae Doona, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, James D’Arcy and Hugo Weaving. The epic tale contains six nested stories which cross from the remote South Pacific in the 19th century to Belgium in the 1930s, San Francisco in the 1970s, London in the present day, Korea in a dystopian future, and Hawaii at the end of time. I have no idea whether the filmmakers can pull off this highly ambitious work, but you have to admire their sheer audacity, and this trailer certainly promises more scope than any science fiction film we’ve seen in a long time. Immediately apparent were a few clunky lines of dialogue, and Halle Berry’s overall flatness, but otherwise Cloud Atlas looks so bold and visually stunning that I can’t help but be intrigued.
Cloud Atlas is due October 26 in the US, and will be making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the six-minute trailer, a motion poster, and several new images below (via The Playlist).