Cloud Atlas gets December US release date, test screenings taking place

Cloud Atlas, the movie adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel directed by The Wachowskis (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), has finally been given a release date in the US, having been eyed for a November debut in a few other countries.

The news comes from Thompson on Hollywood who say the movie will bow on an Oscar-friendly date of December 6th, and Warner Bros. has allowed a running time of 2 hours and 44 minutes despite agreeing to 2 hours and 30 minutes when they came aboard as distributor.

Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon. It follows six stories ranging from the South Pacific in the 19th Century to California in the 1970s to a post-apocalyptic future, and most of the cast will be playing multiple characters throughout the six stories, swapping race and gender in the process.

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A screening of the movie took place in London earlier this week, and even though those who attended will have been told to keep quiet, one guy tweeted his approval.

Cloud Atlas was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival this week to potential buyers, including distributors in the UK, and another test screening is set to take place in the US today. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer will likely be getting audience feedback so they can make some tweaks if needed.

With a release date set and test screenings under-way, we can hopefully expect to see some marketing in the near future.

  • Marc Windcrest

    I was one of the 300 people to see the test screening at the Wimbledon Odeon cinema in London last week, great film but very confusing to be honest. One of the biggest problems is Tom Hanks and Halle Berry speak in old victorian english which is very hard to understand. Happy to answer any questions people may have having seen it :)

    • Charlie D

      Which of the 6 stories did you find most interesting?

    • Joe

      Hi Marc,

      You mention Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. How were they in their numerous roles? Did Berry get any action scenes in the 6th story?