If last week's super-duper, mega, orgasmic, fantabulous 6-minute trailer for Cloud Atlas didn't give you enough of a preview of what's to come, then maybe these new sets of images will finally satiate.

The adaptation of David Mitchell’s labrynth of a novel is co-directed by Tom TykwerLana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, and stars Tom HanksHalle BerrySusan SarandonKeith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona BaeBen WishawJames D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.

The released synopsis reads:

"Cloud Atlas" explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

Although that doesn't even begin to unwrap what happens in this thing.

As already noted, several of the film's stars will play multiple characters, which is further highlighted in the series of images embedded within this post.

The biggest change for me as an actor is to have two different film units and two different film crews and to go between the two from one day to the next,” Ms. Berry said in a recent intervierw. She described playing “a Jewish woman in the 1930s” for Tykwer, then becoming “an old tribal woman” for the Wachowskis the next day, and then losing track of fellow cast members amid the layers of makeup and costumes. “Some days I go into the trailer, I’ll be having a conversation — I won’t even know it’s with Hugh Grant until five minutes in,” Ms. Berry said.

Add to the list of characters she plays, an emissary from an advanced civilization, as well as a journalist investigating reports of corruption and murder at a nuclear power plant. 

So, which of the photos here belongs to what character?

And by the way, we've completely ignored the fact that Brit actor David Gyasi is in this as well; IMDB lists his character's name as Autua, the last of the Moriori tribe (in the South Pacific), saved from slavery by the attacking Maori warriors (in the 1830s), and who later engages in an act of heroism himself. 

The trailer promised something heady as you'd expect (quite chatty too), and visually captivating. Running at close to 3 hours, and rated R, with this team (cast and crew), and the mix in styles/technique from all 3 filmmakers, it should be quite the ride. I just hope it lives up to expectations.

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.

First check out the images immediately below (thanks to Collider), and then, if you haven't yet, watch the intro from the 3 filmmakers; then watch the epic 6-minute preview underneath; and finally, the poster at the very bottom. Also check out the website for the film, HERE, where you can listen to what will likely be its signature track (original music for the film composed by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer), and see many more images.


Cloud Atlas – Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski Intro from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.

Cloud Atlas – 6 Minute Trailer from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.