We just posted some of the first images from the Wachowskis’ and Tom Twyker’s ambitious Cloud Atlas, and now Den Of Geek has tipped us off to an extended trailer for the fascinating looking movie, which you can watch right here. The movie, based on David Mitchell’s novel spans hundreds of years, showing how individual lives affect others in the past, present, and future through a series of stories. The actors, including Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks play different people in each story, jumping between different races and genders. The trailer suggests it could be very good, although it does depend on how the different stories are knitted together. Cloud Atlas should hit cinemas later this year.
At was revealed last week that the Wachowskis’ and Tom Twyker’s Cloud Atlas will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, now the first images of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent in the movie have appeared via EW.
The story spans hundreds of years, showing how individual lives affect others in the past, present, and future through a series of stories. The actors play different people in each story, jumping between different races and genders.
Here’s what co-director Lana Wachowski had to say about this time-bending adaptation, “We thought about these individual characters as aspects of larger characters. Their lives are interwoven over one big story that takes place over a thousand years.”
You can see a few more pics over at EW.
If you read a variety of the reviews of The Iron Lady when it came out at cinemas, it really is like they were talking about completely different films. Everyone agrees Meryl Streep is ace, but to some it’s an apologia for a tyrant, to others a left wing fantasy, there are those who feel its concentration on her old age is schadenfreude taking pleasure in her mental problems, while a few believe it is a suitably reverential, right wing look at a great woman and will make people with a liberal philosophy take stock.
The problem with making a movie about Margaret Thatcher is that she’s such a divisive figure that people come to anything about her incapable of viewing it through anything but the prism of their own prejudices. The film is actually quite agnostic on whether she was a hero or villain, which makes it even easier to paint your own thoughts onto the movie. [Read more…]
Last August it was reported that James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Alan Cumming were set for key roles in an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, Filth. Now it appears Cumming may be out (possibly replaced with John Sessions), and Variety reports that Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt and Imogen Poots have come onboard.
It isn’t certain who the actors will play, but the book is about Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a sex-obsessed, cocaine-addicted, bigoted Edinburgh cop who is supposed to be investigating a murder but gets sidetracked by his own hangups, mainly revolving around his rather extreme sex life.
The author will produce, while Jon S. Baird will direct. Baird apparently got the job behind the camera after impressing Irvine with his feature debut, Cass.
Cloud Atlas is certainly an unusual movie, with three directors helming two separate units, telling six tales using the same actors in each, although the stars could be playing different races and genders in each story. To celebrate production ending on the movie, Empire has debuted a behind-the-scenes photo from the shoot, which you can see above.
In the centre of the shot are directors Tom Twyker, Lana Wachowsi and Andy Wachowski, while David Mitchell, who wrote the book the film is based on, is sat towards the back. The other guys are Cloud Atlas’ producers. Interestingly, it’s believed this is the first official image released of Lana Wachowski since she started living full-time as a woman. Although a few other shots of the notoriously publicity shy Wachowskis have surfaced in the last couple of years, this is the first official one.
Here’s a synopsis of the complex but intriguing film: ‘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 civilization — 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.’
Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant and Bae Doona and should hit cinemas towards the end of 2012.
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A new trailer for the upcoming The Iron Lady has arrived, via The Daily Mail, but we’ve embedded it below (which should help those of you who understandably have an aversion to going anywhere near anything to do with the Daily Mail). Although some Mrs. T. lovers are still uncertain about Meryl Streep playing the great lady – partly because they immediately assumed the film will be a liberal hatchet job – she certainly seems to be doing a good job here! The film sees Maggie as an older woman looking back over her remarkable career, becoming Britain’s first female Prime Minister and one of the world’s most famous women, while facing a divided nation and becoming hated by many in the UK. The film opens in the UK on January 6th.