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"Matrix" directors Lana and Andy Wachowski, along with "Run Lola Run" filmmaker Tom Tykwer, have crafted a big, tasty slice of WTF pie in the form of their new movie epic "Cloud Atlas." The film breaks boundaries both in its narrative (interweaving six separate stories of different genres) and through its performers (the actors play multiple roles of different age, race and gender), all the while somehow remaining not just coherent but wildly entertaining. Who'd a thunk it?
While the end credits reveal who played which characters — leading to some audible gasps from the audience — we thought we'd fill you in on just who each of these actors appear as and how much Silly Putty was applied to achieve this.
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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...
• Who would win in a fight — the Prince of Persia or Wolverine? Heat Vision reports that Jake Gyllenhall will butt heads with Hugh Jackman in "Prisoners," a thriller about a carpenter (Jackman) who takes the law into his own hands after his daughter and best friend are kidnapped. The "End of Watch" star will play the detective on the case who doesn't take to the amateur vigilante's methods.
• Might Q be joining Thor and Catwoman in Steven Spielberg's "Robopocalypse"? Variety reports that "Skyfall" actor Ben Whishaw has been approached for the role of an expert hacker named Lurker in the sci-fi action extravaganza that's set to hit theaters on April 25, 2014 (a rather non-Spielberg time of the year, no?). Get More »
William Faulkner advised authors to "kill your darlings," but we're thinking this isn't quite what he meant.
Daniel Radcliffe's next role is rumored to be the famous poet Allen Ginsberg involved in the long-gestating "Kill Your Darlings," a film about three of the most important Beat generation figures and a curious murder.
"Darlings" is the story of Ginsberg and his friendship with Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr, who is credited as being one of the founders of the Beat generation. Carr introduced many of the writers to each other; he even turned Ginsberg onto Rimbaud and was the first person to ever read a draft of "On the Road." Get More »
Ben Whishaw will soon enter the world of exploding pens, broomstick walkie-talkies and wristwatches that shoot poison darts.
The "Bright Star" actor has been confirmed to be playing 007's gadget-loving colleague in the new James Bond adventure, "Skyfall," according to Variety.
Whishaw follows in the footsteps of Desmond Llewlyn, who played the role in 17 Bond films between 1963 and 1999, and John Cleese, who played the part in 2002's "Die Another Day" (promoted to "Q" status after appearing as Llewlyn's assistant, "R," in 1999's "The World is Not Enough"). Get More »
Besides being English, what do Harry Potter and James Bond have in common? With a 15-movie difference and 40-year head-start, 007 seems like he has the major advantage, but now several castmembers have defected from the Ministry of Magic and are heading to MI6 with a quickness.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that Brit Helen McCrory has joined the cast of MGM's 23rd James Bond feature. She played one bad motha', Narcissa Malfoy, in the final three "Harry Potter" movies in addition to having previously worked with new Bond director director Sam Mendes on several plays, with Daniel Craig in the little-seen 2008 film "Flashbacks of a Fool," and newly-cast Ralph Fiennes as ol' Voldy in the aforementioned fantasy franchise. Talk about being grandfathered in. Get More »
The cast of "Cloud Atlas" is shaping up to be as epic as the novel it's based on.
The Wachowskis have attracted A-list stars, great character actors and promising up-and-comers alike for their latest project, as Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving and Ben Whishaw have joined the cast of their adaptation of David Mitchell's mind-bending novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Halle Berry had long been rumored to be part of the production since she herself mentioned it late last year, but now the former Bond Girl's involvement is official.
Hugh Weaving is no stranger to the Wachowskis, having delivered an unforgettable performance as the villainous Agent Smith in the "Matrix" trilogy. Weaving was also the man behind the mask in "V For Vendetta," which was adapted and produced by the filmmaking siblings.
Ben Whishaw is also aboard the "Cloud Atlas" train after his recent turn as Ariel in Julie Taymor's take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Whishaw was also recently seen in "Bright Star" and as one of the many personas of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There."
Berry, Weaving and Whishaw join Tom Hanks in the project, for which the Wachowskis are sharing writing and directing duties with "Run Lola Run" maestro Tom Tykwer.
David Mitchell's 2004 novel follows six storylines that include a 19th century American notary, a poor British musician in the 1930s, a journalist in 1970s California, a vanity press publisher in the early 21st century, a rebellious clone in the near future and a primitive Hawaiian tribesman surviving after the apocalypse. Each actor in the film will be playing multiple roles.
This sounds like it could be as challenging and exciting as the original "Matrix," and we're due for something so big and bold. Whether it's a soaring success or a crash-and-burn failure, we can't wait to see this thing!
"Cloud Atlas" begins filming this fall.