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During a Q & A in support of her upcoming film "Frankie & Alice," Halle Berry (unwittingly?) announced that the Wachowskis would be directing "Cloud Atlas."
"I'm gonna do a movie probably in the summer with the Wachowskis--not brothers anymore--but the Wachowskis," Berry told the assembled audience. "A really interesting movie. Sort of like what they did with "The Matrix," they have another really amazing idea that's sort of gonna stretch our brains even further. And so I'm really excited about that and that's probably gonna be in the summer. And that’s with Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman."
Berry's involvement in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's acclaimed novel, first broke in June, but at the time it was Tom Twyker ("Run, Lola, Run") who was slated to direct, with the Wachowskis producing. Well it now appears the Siblings Wachowskis have had a change of heart and will be helming this themselves. Take a look at the synopsis for the book and you can see why it might appeal to them:
A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan’s California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified “dinery server” on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilization -- the narrators of "Cloud Atlas" hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
Berry has launched a full-force Oscar push for her latest film, "Frankie & Alice," about a stripper with multiple personalities, one of which is racist. The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 17.