Cloud Atlas trailer sails through the ages

Just a day after releasing a slew of new photos from The Wachowskis’ new fantasy epic, Warner Bros. has posted the first trailer for Cloud Atlas.

Cloud Atlas depicts the complex threads of a story spread across multiple centuries. It kicks off in the 19th century and runs up to the dystopian fall of civilization, with a complex tale that intertwines throughout the ages. The double length trailer delves further into the story than we’ve seen yet, and really pops with star power.

Cloud Atlas – Trailer / Bande-Annonce 6 Minutes…by Lyricis

We also have another new synopsis of the film:

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. 

The synopsis for the original novel offers additional details about the characters and time periods, but there is no knowing what may have been changed for the film:

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.

Cloud Atlas stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, James D’Arcy, and Jim Sturgess. It’s directed by Tom Tykwer in addition to the Wachowskis. The film is slated to sail into theaters on October 26th, 2012, moved up from the original December release date.