Just yesterday, we told you that Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw had joined the cast of Cloud Atlas, the writing and directing collaboration between the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer. Everything with this movie seems to be happening so fast, because it’s being reported that both Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent are circling the film, with “advanced negotiations” currently underway.
Speaking at the Olympia Cinema in Cannes, Focus Features CEO James Schamus said that the two may appear in the film, while also confirming yesterday’s news. The roles that they would have aren’t specified, but something tells me that the current ensemble of Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and James McAvoy will take up the six lead roles. There seems to be plenty of room for these two, though; it’s a very expansive story, after all, and they aren’t the kind of people who typically get small roles.
Sarandon worked with the Wachowskis on Speed Racer, while Broadbent is a newcomer to any of the three directors. The movie, based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell, follows “six leads, goes over thousands of years, and spans multiple genres.” It’s scripted by the three directors, and easily sounds like one of the more ambitious projects out there right now. I’m very excited to see how it turns out, masterpiece or disaster.
Here’s a synopsis of the novel:
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
Is Cloud Atlas something you’re looking forward to? What do you think of these two actors joining the movie?