Warner Bros. today released the official trailer for Cloud Atlas – the next project from Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski brothers, the masterminds behind the The Matrix Trilogy. The clip clocks in at a little under six minutes, though it’s difficult to get a firm read on any plotlines at work here. It’s abundantly clear, however, that Cloud Atlas likely won’t bear much resemblance to either Lola or Heaven, which Tykwer released in 2002.
Instead, the film will be based on British author David Mitchell’s bestselling novel of the same name — a sprawling novel that interweaves six different storylines over six different time periods. Here’s a brief synopsis:
The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel “goes back” in time, “closing” each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry headline the cast, which also includes Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, and Hugo Weaving. Cloud Atlas will open this year’s Toronto Film Festival, and is slated to hit theaters on October 26th.