We've already labeled it the most ambitious studio film of the year, and with its Toronto Film Festival premiere approaching this weekend (as well as its October 26 release date), we're beginning to hear and see more of Cloud Atlas. Following a five-minute trailer that took the film geek world by storm last month, Warner Bros. has now released the first theatrical trailer, which is shorter and includes some new footage while attempting to get across the book (and film's) premise; that it involves multiple characters in different time periods who are all somehow connected through the thoughts and feelings that bind us all together.
Based on David Mitchell's sprawling novel that spans centuries and follows six loosely connected stories, the adaptation was so massive it needed three directors (Andy and Lana Wachowski, plus Tom Tykwer) as well as many of its star-studded cast (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae) to play multiple roles. A fantastic profile of Andy and Lana Wachowski arrived in the New Yorker earlier this week, revealing lots more about the film, like how their version was inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Cloud Atlas is a 21st-century novel,” Lana said. “It represents a midpoint between the future idea that everything is fragmented and the past idea that there is a beginning, a middle and an end.”
For those familar with the book, here's how it was broken up for the film:
Andy and Lana Wachowski
1. The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing
2. An Orison of Sonmi-451
3. Sloosha's Crossin' an Ev'rythin After
1. Letters from Zedelghem
2. Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery
3. The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
For much more on each of these stories, check out our complete Beginner's Guide to Cloud Atlas
, which should bring you up to speed. And here's that extended trailer in case you want to see more.
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