Watch the Cloud Atlas trailer before it blows by

Cloud Atlas film trailer

Apparently, the debut trailer for the upcoming movie Cloud Atlas appeared a little too early for Warner Bros.’ liking.

The studio has asked some websites to take the trailer down, but as of this writing, it’s still up on YouTube.

Cloud Atlas is based on David Mitchell’s 2004 novel of the same name. It’s a book that jumps in narrative and plants unexpected twists in its six nested stories.

Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run) and the Wachovskis (The Matrix) are codirecting the film, whose nearly six-minute trailer is a beautifully constructed piece that reminds me a little of Inception. The film itself is rumored to be about three hours long.

In response to the trailer, Indiewire had this to say: “As big fans of the book, we’ve wondered for some time if the filmmakers would be able to come anywhere close to its material, but we have to confess that this is pretty stunning, for the most part. The production values look incredibly high, the scope and ambition and variety is [sic] like nothing else we’ve seen in a long time, and the cast, aided by some excellent makeup, look to be rising to the occasion; we can’t remember the last time we saw [Tom] Hanks or (more briefly) [Hugh] Grant look so engaged in their material (and if you’ve ever wanted to see Hanks as a goateed, balding London gangster, or Grant as a warpainted cannibal, the chance has finally arrived). We have no idea what you’ll make of this if you’re unfamiliar with the book. And we have no clue if this’ll actually work as a whole.”

The movie stars the likes of Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Bae Doona, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, James D’Arcy, and Ben Whishaw. It’s expected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on October 26.

Have you read Cloud Atlas? Do you think it can succeed as a movie?