CLOUD ATLAS is an upcoming German-made English-language historical/science fiction film directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) and The Wachowskis (The Matrix franchise). The directors wrote the screenplay based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell.
The ensemble cast plays multiple roles in the film’s kaleidoscopic tale, which includes a sci-fi story of a man (Tom Hanks) who meets an emissary from an advanced civilization (Halle Berry), and a darkly comic yarn about a composer (Jim Broadbent) and his apprentice (Ben Whishaw). Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D'Arcy, Keith David, Doona Bae (裴斗娜), and Xun Zhou (周迅) also star.
The film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.