Extended Cloud Atlas Trailer Arrives

Plus a directors' commentary

Intriguing doesn't come close to capturing the swirl of mystery around Cloud Atlas. Not only have Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer adapted the seemingly unadaptable in David Mitchell's multi-genre Matryoshka doll of a book, but they've done it with actors playing multiple roles in a variety of weird and wonderful locations and time periods. A dazzling new five-minute trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure.

brightcove.createExperiences();Also on Apple is an added bonus commentary from directors Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski.

And, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, there are closer looks at two of the film's characters: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry as a tribesman and a technologically-advanced future-being in a post-apocalyptic Pacific, and Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw in 1930s Belgium as a composer and his young apprentice, Robert Frobisher.

“We thought about these individual characters as aspects of larger characters,” Lana Wachowski tells EW. “Their lives are interwoven over one big story that takes place over a thousand years.”

Cloud Atlas lands in the UK in 2013.

Image Credits: Jay Maidment