Hanks, Portman, Berry and McAvoy Join ‘Cloud Atlas’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:30 am,

Tom Tykwer finally has a cast for his epic of all epic films, Cloud Atlas. Based on David Mitchell’s book of the same title, the movie will star Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and James McAvoy in a story that should make The Fountain look like a kid’s movie. In addition to Tykwer’s direction, Cloud Atlas will be produced by the Wachowskis.

The book consists of six stories that span several thousand years and flips through genres like a Quentin Tarantino dream. While the expansive plot suggests an impossible feat of filmmaking, Tykwer’s unique style should instill promise upon the project. Run, Lola, Run is Tykwer’s most well-known film, blending intense action and exciting suspense in a mind-bending film.

The all-star cast is an important first step for a film that needs every ounce of confidence it can get as it nears production. But don’t expect Cloud Atlas to jump into filming anytime soon. McAvoy is about to begin filming X-Men: First Class, Hanks is directing Larry Crowne and Portman is in the early stages of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Ian McKellen is the only one left from casting murmurs a few months ago that has not signed on.

More and more ensemble films are in production these days, which is great for movie fans. When a film can get a handful of big names in one project together, sparks fly and money tends to flow. There’s no question this film will be made, but Tykwer has his work cut out.

The only cast member so far Tykwer has worked with is Natalie Portman. Their collaboration on one of the shorts in Paris J’Taime was especially impressive. Portman’s budding career as a producer and Tom Hanks’ experience in filmmaking should give this a well-rounded cast and crew to make for the best film possible.

I haven’t read the book, but upon looking through the synopsis it feels like a blend of The Fountain, Children of Men and Blade Runner. Color me tickled to learn more about the project, but this far from production it is already moving in the right direction.

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  1. Interesting collaboration of cast members.

  2. Hmm looks like it goes on my reading list. Liked McAvoy since “Children of Dune.” I’m sure he’ll do well in this…

  3. Wow i really can’t belove you dissed aronofsky like that. And putting tatantino in the same catagory as the guy who directded perfume. But like all post its all opinion and love so have at it.

    • Wait wait….I F%#%&@#(ING LOVEEEE The Fountain.

  4. Twyker is one of the most imaginative European directors working at the moment. His ability to cast perfectly for his movies is critical to his success. It’s perhaps difficult to perceive a Twyker look, but that is only because he refuses to be bound by genre. I’m very excited by the prospect of a new Twyker movie.

  5. I read the book. I’ve been waiting on a movie for a long time. I can’t wait to see this. But I admit I have doubts about the feasibility of the project. The novel is huge in scope, long in time, and heavy in detail and nuance. To pare it down to a one to two hour movie would require a lot of butchering.

  6. This is going to be awful. The Wachowski brothers “writing” a screenplay based on Mitchell’s book is like a punk band covering a Jimi Hendrix song…saying it’s going to be butchered is an understatement.

    And if you read the advance press for the film, and look at the cast of actors they’ve assembled, it sounds like they’re going to dumb the book down to a crap facsimile of Crash on an international scale.

    I had the privilege of meeting Mitchell once. He was drunk on saki and he obviously has a great sense of humor. He’s going to need it when he sees what these people do to his novel.

  7. This cast ought to be interesting although cramming this book into 2 hours means a lot of cutting. The more that is cut the harder it is to keep everything together