The Wachowski’s are back. Warner Bros. has scheduled Cloud Atlas, the first film from sibling directors Lana and Andy Wachowski since 2008’s Speed Racer, to hit domestic theaters on October 26th, 2012.
Cloud Atlas is adapted from the best-selling 2004 novel by David Mitchell, which the Wachowski’s adapted with the help of Run Lola, Run director Tom Tykwer. Given the level of anticipation and clout behind the Matrix helmer’s latest project, this picture features a cast of big time stars. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon may top the list, but the cast also includes Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Zhou Xun, Keith David, and many more.
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.
Six stories make up Cloud Atlas, and they span the globe as well as time, taking place from the 19th century to post-apocalyptic and dystopian futures. “Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.” This all sounds very metaphysical, and right in line with the more theory heavy bits of the second and third Matrix movies.
Warner Bros. has also acquired the rights to much of globe, and the rest of the world will see Cloud Atlas sometime in 2013.