Sibling filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski haven’t yet managed to recapture the magic of their 1999 hit The Matrix. Can they with Cloud Atlas, their upcoming adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel?
Their biggest success so far was an original story, of course, but Mitchell’s novel, which jumps through time in the telling of six different stories, could be crazy enough to mesh with their unique sensibilities. Especially with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer at the helm.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry were already confirmed for the ensemble cast, but the Wachowskis revealed a few more names in a sitdown with potential buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Hugo Weaving, who was anointed as geek culture royalty after his performance as Agent Smith in The Matrix, and Ben Wishaw were confirmed Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter. Two more names emerge today: Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent.
It’s hard to imagine what this thing is going to look like, but the casting so far is certainly enough to make any rational-minded fan of film sit up and take notice.