September 16, 2011
THE LATEST pictures have arrived from the Glasgow set of Cloud Atlas, where Halle Berry seemed to be feeling the chill of the Scottish climate.
She was seen clutching a hot water bottle to keep her hands warm and – between takes in Douglas Street – donning a long black overcoat.
The actress wore 70s-style blue jeans for her role in the film, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski. Also starring are Hugo Weaving, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon and British actors Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess and Ben Whishaw.
You can see Halle on set in the collection of images included here. Tom Tykwer is also in several of the pictures. In addition, there’s footage from the shoot in our video feed on the right of the page.
Vintage American cars, including a Lincoln Continental Mark IV and a Packard Clipper Custom, were also parked in Douglas Street, with Revere Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue signs erected on the set.
Jennifer Reynolds, a film commissioner at Glasgow Film Office, said: “It’s a German production and they had been scouting areas in the UK because some of the script is set in the UK.
“So they were looking at areas in Scotland – I think Edinburgh and Glasgow – but one thing Glasgow had that worked for them was the geography of Glasgow – quite a few steep hills – and it could replicate San Francisco in the United States.
“So we managed to secure about three days’ filming for a section of the book that is 1970s San Francisco. Another part of the story is set in modern-day London and we are also filming another day or two of that as well.”
She added: “It is quite a substantial film so it’s obviously going to bring a good economic benefit to the city and there’s local crew being hired and used on it and local companies and their services as well as hotels and restaurants.
Filming takes place in Glasgow from today (September 16) until September 18 and again on September 26. Some roads in the city centre, south of Blythswood Square and around Montrose Street, will be fully or partly closed.
The film, out next year, is based on British author David Mitchell’s best-selling 2004 novel, which features six interlinking narratives that chart the story of one soul across the centuries.