Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, and Natalie Portman have been offered roles in Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas. The book spans thousands of years, several genres, and has six leading characters. In their article, The Playlist notes that the material appears to be un-filmable. But that hasn’t stopped Tykwer before. He managed to tackle Perfume: The Story of a Murderer when author Patrick Süskind thought that only Stanley Kubrick or Milos Forman would have the skill to do it. Production Weekly notes that production is gearing up for a spring 2011 start, so the cast has plenty of lead time to put this in their schedule should they decide to sign on.
Twyker is also writing the adaptation and the Wachowski Siblings are producing. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
Here’s the product description for David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas [via Amazon]: