Well, here it is… not the official USA release trailer, and not complete, but here’s your first look at one of the very few films remaining in 2012 that I can say I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing… Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell’s epic labrynth of a novel co-directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Wishaw, James D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.
You’ll recall that, as already noted in past posts, the novel spans centuries and locations, “from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy.“ And also worth noting is that the core group of starring actors will play multiple roles across all the different storylines, periods and locations, which might make the film even more of a challenge to watch, but a good challenge.
The trailer below promises something heady as you’d expect (quite chatty too), and visually captivating. Running at close to 3 hours, with this team (cast and crew), and the mix in styles/technique from all 3 filmmakers, it should be quite the ride.
Ahead of its October 26 release, Toronto International Film Festival attendees will get to see it first, since the film will make its world premiere there.
Watch the 4-minute (Chinese) preview below (thanks to our friends at Twitch for the find):