July 3, 2012
Movie explores “souls being reborn through time.”
In a recent interview, actor Hugo Weaving shed a little more light on Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s upcoming film Cloud Atlas, based on the novel from David Mitchell. For the Wachowskis, the film marks the siblings’ return to film following 2008’s Speed Racer. But as Weaving notes, Cloud Atlas — which tells six separate stories spanning centuries — is quite different from anything he and his former Matrix cohorts have ever done before.
“Sometimes in any one week you might be working on three or four characters. It’s a slightly dangerous adventure we embarked on, because to be honest … I don’t know where it’s all heading, despite the wonderful preparation. But yeah, it was certainly very exciting,” Weaving told The Hollywood Reporter. Along with Weaving, co-stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent each play multiple characters — sometimes unrecognizably so — in different locations and time periods.
Continued Weaving, “What’s fascinating about the adaptation of the book was that sense that you get in the book about souls being reborn, a particular soul, and then they thought, ‘What if we bring back actors to multiple roles in these stories?’ So to take that idea and run with it actually kind of became one of the key propellers for the project.”
The actor went on to say that even though he was playing numerous roles, he began to find a singular arc throughout his experience. “Because the film’s told in a sort of mosaic way, where all six stories are told at once, at the beginning of the shoot you’d move from one character to another. But as the shoot progressed and it got towards the end, you were seeing more links between the characters. And indeed, there might be a cut from one of your characters to another character, so there’s a link between them.”
Cloud Atlas is scheduled to hit theaters October 26, 2012.