According to South Korean news site Sports Chosun (via Soompi) actress Bae Doona (The Host) is in talks to join Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel which will be co-directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).
The site says “Bae Doo Na had meetings with Hollywood producers recently, and they are believed to have finalized on her casting”. The actress is said to be playing the role of Sonmi~451, a character featured in the 5th tale of David Mitchell’s novel:
Nea So Copros (Korea), dystopian near future. Sonmi~451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone) server at Papa Song’s diner (a stand-in for McDonald’s), is interviewed before her execution after she rebels against the capitalist totalitarian society that created and exploited her kind. The next character watches Sonmi’s story projected holographically in an “orison,” a futuristic recording device.
Cloud Atlas follows six storylines which range from the South Pacific in the 19th Century to California in the 1970s to a post-apocalyptic future. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles, but specific roles have yet to be confirmed. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry are the leads, with Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent joining in supporting roles. Hugo Weaving will also be part of the film, and revealed that he will in fact be playing 6 different characters.
Filming is expected to take place later this year in Berlin, and Warner Bros. are eyeing an October 2012 release.