September 14, 2011 09:22
Actress Bae Doo-na will star in a new film by the Wachowski brothers, makers of "The Matrix" trilogy. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Bae has been cast in the sci-fi flick "Cloud Atlas," which will be co-directed by the Wachowskis and German director Tom Tykwer, best known for his 1998 film "Run Lola Run."
Based on the eponymous novel written by David Mitchell in 2004, the US$100-million blockbuster boasts a star-studded cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugo Weaving. It will be produced in Germany and the U.S. and will be released in October next year.
"Cloud Atlas" is composed of six episodes set in different time periods and locations dating from the 19th century to a decadent future. Most of the main actors are set to appear in two or more of the episodes, switching roles or gender each time.
Bae will appear in the sixth episode playing the role of cloned human Sonmi-450 in a dystopian Seoul in 2144. According to the IMDb, Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman was originally lined up for the role.
The Wachowskis reportedly asked Bae to audition after watching "Air Doll," directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Bae picked up the Best Actress Award from the Japan Film Academy for her role in the movie, becoming the first non-Japanese winner. The actress is scheduled to leave for Berlin this month to begin shooting.
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