Cloud Atlas to shoot in Scotland and Mallorca

September 03, 2011

In a previous news about Tom Hanks's upcoming movie, Cloud Atlas, we told you that most of the film will be shot in Germany. New locations have been revealed.

STV says Halle Berry and Tom Hanks will film in Glasgow between September 16th and 18th, as well as on September 26, 2011. Some say this can confirm that Halle Berry will be playing Luisa Rey, a journalist in 1970s California who discovers that a much hyped local nuclear power plant is not as safe as it seem. Tom Hanks could be playing a number of characters in this story, but he will likely be Joe Napier, a former cop who helps Luisa Rey.

The Mallorcan Film Commission also confirmed that part of the movie will be filmed in Mallorca this September as well, since there will be two film crews working at the same time, one directed by the Wachowski brothers and the other by Tom Tykwer.

Filming is set to begin around September 15 and end around September 30 in Mallorca. There will be four film locations on the island including Port de Soller, Sa Calobra and Formentor for the 1850 era and Puig Major for the 2300 post-apocalyptic world where the only survivors live in a kind of Stone Age but with technological equipment, offering various special effects. It has been said that the directors have already reserved 180 rooms at a Pollença Hotel.

The Majorca Film Commission is looking for over 200 extras :

(With) the first request asking for men, woman and children of all ages. This is likely for the sixth story which is set on the island of Hawaii in 2321 where life has reverted to the days of tribal living after most of humanity dies during “The Fall”. Zachry, a tribesman, is visited by Meronym (Berry), a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization.

They also request men between the ages of 25 and 45 with slightly long hair and scruffy beards to play sailors, as well as body doubles for Jim Sturgess and Jim Broadbent. This points towards the story of Adam Ewing in 1850, a lawyer visiting the Chatham Islands off the coast of New Zealand who witnesses the colonization and conversion of the Maori.

Another surprising news comes from actor Ben Whishaw, who told Vulture that some of the actors will play roles that don’t even stick to the respected actor’s gender :

Everyone in the cast is playing at least three parts, some big and some small. I’m doing three: Frobisher in the thirties; a female American in the seventies, in the Luisa Rey section; and a smallish role, where I’m basically an extra, in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section. Everybody’s swapping race and gender, so it’s very ambitious and quite fun. I’ll really love playing a woman!