I promised to share the news as soon as we learned more about bringing Cloud Atlas to the big screen and today I’ll keep my word. Actor Tom Hanks has signed the dotted line to star in the film, which will begin shooting this September. Deadline.com reported the good news, confirming the buzz actress Halle Berry stirred up late last Fall. Will Black Swan actress, Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman, be the next to form a contract? Berry called the film “the next Matrix” and dropped Portman’s name.

Speaking of the Matrix, their creators, Andy and Lana Wachowski, have teamed with Run Lola Run “helmer” Tom Tykwer to write and co-direct the upcoming film. X-Men: First Class actor, James McAvoy is also rumored to have some interest in the film. What a cast that would make, eh?

Deadline described the project, thus:

An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

The original Cloud Atlas is a novel by British author David Mitchell, which won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award.