The story is adapted from David Mitchell's novel of the same name, which follows six separate characters throughout multiple time frames. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, and Jim Sturgess. It isn't immediately clear what role James D'Arcy is playing.
Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer are directing from a screenplay they all wrote together. It is believed that Tom Tykwer is directing the period portions of Cloud Atlas, while Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski are directing the futuristic segments.
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Production is currently under way on Cloud Atlas.