More details about the ambitious "Cloud Atlas" are coming to light.

The epic-sized, all-star adaptation of David Mitchell’s dense 2004 novel is being produced and co-directed by "The Matrix masterminds the Wachowski Siblings and co-director Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run").

The cast members -- including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Donna Bae, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving -- all play multiple roles throughout the past, present and future. 

Some brand new photos were unveiled over at, and they provide a cryptic tease. 

Of the many interwoven story strands, one of the futuristic narratives finds a man (Tom Hanks) crossing paths with a messenger from an advanced civilization (Berry), as seen below:


It looks like Berry's hair is somehow woven into her skin, in a decorative fashion. Tom Hanks appears to be in a scared, "Castaway" mode.

Another of the film's story threads involves a veteran composer (Broadbent) and his apprentice (Whishaw). Whishaw will also plays James Bond's new Q in the upcoming "Skyfall." Take a look at the duo here:


While the photos don't reveal the reportedly grand visuals of the film (seen in the production art), they do hint at the film's apparent sci-fi eccentricities. We'll have to wait to see how they pull it all off when the film premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September, alongside other highly-anticipated films like Ben Affleck's "Argo," Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," Rian Johnson's "Looper" and new films from Noah Baumbach, Joss Whedon and Mike Newell.

Ambitious sci-fi epics can go in a lot of directions. Do you think the Wachowskis and Tykwer have come up with a "Matrix," or a "Battlefield Earth"?

"Cloud Atlas" opens October 26.

Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.