After its taken a quiet seat on the sidelines and been keeping its head down ever since the Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski ('The Matrix') and Lana Wachowski co-directed Warner Bros epic 'Cloud Atlas' has been given an official release date. The huge upcoming sci-fi flick, based on the novel of the same name by author David Mitchell, is due to arrive in US theatres from 26 October 2012. It stars a veritable smorgasbord of talent from the US, UK and Australia. 'Cloud Atlas' will star Tom Hanks ('Saving Private Ryan'), Halle Berry -below ('Dark Tide'), Jim Broadbent ('Moulin Rouge'), Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving ('The Matrix'), Ben Winshaw, Jim Sturgess ('Heartless'), Keith David ('The Thing') and even the floppy-haired wonder that is Hugh Grant ('Love Actually').
"The novel consists of six nested stories that take us from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or watched) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last one get interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850."
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