Halle Berry joins Natalie Portman in The Wachowskis' latest epic

The reclusive filmmakers behind The Matrix and Speed Racer are stocking their latest science fiction project with an Oscar-caliber cast, including Tom Hanks, Natalie Portman and Halle Berry.

Based on David Mitchell's 2004 book, which tells six interwoven stories spanning a thousand years—touching on New Zealand in the 1800s, Belgium in the 1930s, California in the '70s, London in the present, Korea in the near future and Hawaii in the distant, post-apocalyptic tomorrow—Cloud Atlas seems to have overtaken the controversial Gulf War-set gay romance Cobalt Neural 9 on the Wachowskis' to-do list.

In an interview conducted after a screening of her latest film, Frankie and Alice, Halle Berry let slip that she's set to start shooting Cloud Atlas this coming summer.

It sounds like an ambitious undertaking—but if you can find faults with any of the Wachowskis' films, lack of ambition isn't one of them.

(via Cinemablend)

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