I’m getting more and more excited about Cloud Atlas, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski Starship’s new mega-epic, with every little tidbit we get.

Among the most peculiar and fascinating aspects of the film is that Tykwer and the Wachowski have not only collected an absolutely astounding cast of actors, but also convinced many of them to take on multiple characters, most of which seem to be well outside the usual comfort zone of a mainstream film actor.

Nobody seems to have gone further from their stereotype, though, than a certain British heartthrob named Hugh Grant. To be honest, my mind is having a bit of trouble simply processing the images below, the first where he’s garishly dressed up as a tribe leader (and a cannibal, according to Grant himself) and a second in a futuristic setting, where his face has been heavily altered to appear like a weird blend of seemingly all races in the world.

On account of an inexplicably backward distributing plan and me living in the UK, I probably won’t see it until the new year, but that won’t stop us from having an early review up around next weekend. Which will probably only make my painful wait for the film feel even longer.

What do you make of this?

Hugh Grant as a cannibal tribe leader in Cloud Atlas


Hugh Grant with a heavily altered face in a futuristic setting in Cloud Atlas

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