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 Wachowski brothers are best knows for The Matrix series].
Cloud Atlas is told from six distinct points of view, and crosses continents and decades. It was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2004 and praised as a “tour de force” in BookPage by reviewer Becky Ohlsen:
The longer you read, the more perfectly the pieces fit into a whole; the further you’re drawn into the novel, the more removed your perspective becomes. The reaction this creates is a unique one: large-scale understanding that holds within it the small-scale but vital dramas of the human heart. It sounds incredible, and it is.
Have you read Cloud Atlas? Do you think it will translate well to the screen? Any thoughts on the cast?
Also in BookPage: Read an interview with Mitchell about Black Swan Green; read a review of his newest novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.