Haven't heard back from Cloud Atlas in a while, have we? The latest film from Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest film, co-written and co-directed by Tom Tyker (Run Lola Run, The International) is based on the novel by David Mitchell, and tells a story about a group of disparate individuals throughout history whose lives have an unexpected impact on each other. Sounds like more mindbending stuff from the makers of The Matrix, although we're not sure how they're going to fit a CGI-assisted car chase into this one.
Hollywood Reporter reports that Hugh Grant has just joined the cast of Cloud Atlas, making the film the second most promising new Hugh Grant film on the horizon, after Aardman Animation's upcoming Stop-Motion animation comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and his first live-action film appearance since 2009's utterly forgettable Did You Hear About the Morgans? No word yet on which role Hugh Grant will be playing, but the possibilities include, according to the plot summary at Amazon, "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."
Grant will be joined in the cast by such stars as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess and Ben Whishaw. Hell of a cast. Are the Wachowski's finally going for their Oscar or what?
CraveOnline will be back with more Cloud Atlas news as soon as we figure out if it's a prequel or sequel to the Burt Reynolds volleyball and strippers comedy Cloud 9. Probably a prequel.