Ton Hanks Officially Taking a Trip to Cloud Atlas
04.14.11 by Ryan
Tom Hanks is officially set to star in Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell novel comprised of six interconnected stories that span from 1850 to the end of civilization far in the future. Hanks was rumored to appear in the movie last November when Halle Berry spilled that she, Hanks, and Natalie Portman were going to appear in the movie.
Director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International) was originally adapting the book for producers Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix), but Deadline reports that Tykwer and the Wachowskis will write and co-direct the movie.
Here's a synopsis of Mitchell's 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 civilization — 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.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.
Production on Cloud Atlas will begin in September. No word on a release date yet. James McAvoy is also rumored to be joining the cast alongside Berry and Portman.