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New 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer Features Many Different Tom Hanks (Video)

The multi-story film from the Wachowskis offers a shorter, but more detailed, look at its complicated arc.

Tom Hanks Cloud Atlas Trailer - H 2012

It's hard to know exactly what is happening in the new trailer for Andy and Lana Wachowski's Cloud Atlas, but two things are immediately clear: it's going to be epic, and it's going to contain a whole lot of Tom Hanks.

The Matrix filmmakers' adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 massive tome will feature its talented, Oscar-laden cast playing a multitude of roles, an idea the filmmakers conceived of as a solution to illustrating that the movie focused on souls, which can move around to different bodies over time. Along with Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent play a number of different parts.

STORY: Andy and Lana Wachowski Go Long in The New Yorker

"Cloud Atlas is a twenty-first-century novel,” Lana Wachowski told The New Yorker this week. "It represents a midpoint between the future idea that everything is fragmented and the past idea that there is a beginning, a middle, and an end."

The film, which after much volleying hit a $100 million or so budget, is set for theaters in October.