First Images from the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry

Cloud Atlas Novel CoverI have no idea what David Mitchell’s novel “Cloud Atlas” is, or what it’s all about, but it’s apparently big/good/interesting enough to not only have the Wachowskis adapt it and step behind the camera for the first time since 2008’s disastrous “Speed Racer” (along with “Run Lola Run’s” Tom Twyker), but it’s also got Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in front of the camera. Plus, Jim Broadbent and the new Bond Q., Ben Winshaw.

Get your first look at all four actors in the upcoming film below. The film is due October 26, 2012, but you wouldn’t know it given how little the film has been doing in terms of promotion. It’s like they’re trying to hide this movie … or something. Apparently it’s also sci-fi. Go figure.

Andy and Lana Wachowski (the Matrix trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) co-wrote and co-directed this adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel Cloud Atlas (out in theaters Oct. 26). As if that weren’t complicated enough, each cast member 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). “We thought about these individual characters as aspects of larger characters,” Lana Wachowski says. “Their lives are interwoven over one big story that takes place over a thousand years.”

The film’s huge, impressive cast includes Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, James D’Arcy, Götz Otto, Zhu Zhu, Doona Bae, and Xun Zhou.

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas (2012) Movie Image

Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas (2012) Movie Image