The latest movie from the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, ‘Cloud Atlas’, is a trip. It’s so hard to explain that even the trio had difficulty describing it, so I’m just going to give you the synopsis right off the bat:
‘Cloud Atlas’ is an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.
From what I can gather, this movie based on the novel by David Mitchell blends genres, time periods, and actors like we’ve never seen before in cinema. One of the most interesting things beyond all that is that the cast plays a number of different characters of varying ages, races, genders, cultures, etc. I was really confused when I first heard this because I immediately thought of Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey, Jr.) from ‘Tropic Thunder’. However, after watching the trailer, confusion turned into curiosity as to how these filmmakers and actors are going to pull this off.
Today, thanks to Collider, we get a better look at some of the transformations that we’ll be seeing in ‘Cloud Atlas’. These new images show Tom Hanks and Hugo Weaving as four different characters each, James D’Arcy and Halle Berry as three each, and Jim Sturgess and Jim Broadbent as two each. We also get to see Hugh Grant, David Gyasi, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, Keith David, and Susan Sarandon. That’s 12 actors playing 24 different characters, if you’re at home keeping score.
Some of these are crazy. I don’t know how much of it is photoshop or makeup or magic, but these are insane. I mean, I didn’t even recognize Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, or James D’Arcy in a few of their pictures. And Halle Berry as a white woman? Whoa… Okay, just take a look at some of these pictures below:
For the full set, go on over to Collider. I can already tell that this movie is going to require a few watches to really understand what’s going on. It’s like ‘Donnie Darko’ all over again! Mark it on your calendars that you can get your first viewing of ‘Cloud Atlas’ in starting on October 26th.