Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) are currently at the Cannes Film Festival to sell international rights for their upcoming film Cloud Atlas, based on the novel by David Mitchell. The team co-wrote the script and will each co-direct different segments of the film, which was yesterday confirmed to star Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Ben Whishaw.
While the trio discussed their vision of the film in front of crowd of international buyers, they announced that Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent would also be joining the film.
Sarandon previously worked with The Wachowskis on Speed Racer, and has recently been seen in The Lovely Bones and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Broadbent has appeared in Moulin Rouge! and Hot Fuzz, but is probably best known for his role of Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He’ll also be seen as Slughorn in Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in July.
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. While specific roles haven’t been confirmed, Halle Berry is expected to play Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization.
Filming is set to begin in September, with Warner Bros. releasing the film sometime in 2012.