While at a screening of her latest movie Frankie and Alice Halle Berry (who is receiving some awards buzz for the role) confirmed that she is attached to Cloud Atlas, which has been in development for a while now. Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman, James McAvoy and Ian McKellen were all initially offered roles along with Berry, and the actress mentioned that Hanks and Portman are now on-board with her.
Cloud Atlas was originally set to be directed by Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer, however in September The Wachowskis, who directed The Matrix trilogy, said they may direct some parts of the movie themselves.
You can watch Halle Berry’s comments at the beginning of the video below:
Here’s the synopsis of the book, written by David Mitchell:
The story presents six narratives that evoke an array of genres, from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy. There is a naive clerk on a nineteenth-century Polynesian voyage: and aspiring composer who insinuates himself to the home of a syphilitic genius: a journalist investigating a nuclear plant: a publisher with a dangerous best-seller on his hands: and a cloned human being created for slave labour. These five stories are bisected and arranged around a sixth, the oral history of a post-apocalyptic island, which forms the heart of the story.
Some have said the book is un-filmable as it spans thousands of years and over several genres, but Tykwer has been working on adapting the novel into a screenplay for over a year so he should have worked it out by now. The Wachowskis are currently looking for a studio to provide the budget which stands at around $80-$100 million, but with big names attached it shouldn’t be too difficult.