Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon will lead an all-star cast in the film adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas. This era-spanning book, a novel told in six voices that our reviewer described as "complex literary origami" would be as daunting a task for filmmakers as it must have been for the writer. But the producers taking this one on are none other than the Wachowski siblings, who became famous with the Matrix trilogy. If anyone can cover mind-bending time-travel, historical and future settings, and possible reincarnation in one movie, they're the ones to do it. The Wachowskis will be working in tandem with Tom Twyker (Perfume, Run Lola Run, etc), who, rumor has it, will be filming the historical scenes with a separate crew.

Most of the film will be shot in Berlin, at the famous Studio Babelsberg, though some scenes will be shot on location. Filming is set to start in September.

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