Hanks signs for lead in the upcoming Wachowskis-Tykwer adaptation of ‘Cloud Atlas.’

Deadline reports that Tom Hanks has officially signed on to star in the adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel ‘Cloud Atlas.’ The movie will see ‘The Matrix’ directors Andy and Lana Wachowski teaming up with ‘Run Lola Run’ helmer Tom Tykwer to write and co-direct.

Mitchell’s novel consists of six loosely connected narratives which mix history, science, suspense, humour and pathos. The official synopsis for ‘Cloud Atlas’:

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 civilisation — 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.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, and James McAvoy are rumoured to joining the cast. Filming on the movie is set to begin in September.