Critically-beloved David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, with multiple storylines all set in different centuries and locations but retaining consistent characters and motifs, seemed unfilmable. And it may very well have been! We’ll have to wait until October 26 to find out, when the film adaptation is released in the U.S.
The directors are the Wachowskis of The Matrix and Tom Tykwer of Run Lola Run and Perfume (another literary adaptation, this one of a novel proven to be unfilmable). The trailer features stars like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry playing multiple roles (making literal the connections-through-time notion of the novel) and poor Jim Broadbent getting a plunger shoved in his face in the Martin Amis-esque section of the narrative. Here is the very long trailer:
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