After July’s epic six-minute trailer for The Wachowski’s massive sci-fi project, Cloud Atlas, today we are treated to a more contained, and stripped down version clocking in at the more traditional time of just two and a half minutes. Based on the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is die to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, and early test screenings have resulted in some very positive reviews.
The film spans six stories throughout different timelines, yet they are all connected somehow. The film offers up the idea that we do in fact continue in another lifetime after we die, hence the feeling we sometimes get of Deja Vu. This epic, bold and brave movie is about love, life, happiness, struggle, sadness, forgiveness and finding yourself. It is a huge film for The Wachowski’s to take on, and judging by the new trailer they just might have pulled off their new masterpiece.
Cloud Atlas is due to arrive in UK cinemas on 22nd March 2013. Check out all our previous stories here
The film is written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski. The Wachowskis previously teamed as writers/directors of the groundbreaking “Matrix” trilogy, which earned more than $1.6 billion, combined, at the worldwide box office. Tom Tykwer won an Independent Spirit Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination as the director/writer of “Run Lola Run,” and more recently directed the award-winning thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.”
Based on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” is produced by two-time Oscar® nominee Grant Hill (“The Thin Red Line,” “The Tree of Life”), three-time BAFTA Award nominee Stefan Arndt (“The White Ribbon,” “Goodbye Lenin!,” “Run Lola Run”), Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. Philip Lee, Uwe Schott and Wilson Qiu serve as executive producers, with Peter Lam, Tony Teo and Alexander van Duelmen co-producing, and Gigi Oeri as associate producer.
Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) lead a stellar international cast that includes Oscar®winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun and Keith David, with Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) and Hugh Grant. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.
“Cloud Atlas” 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.
By Matt Wavish