The feature adaptation, directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, will shoot in Scotland, Spain and Germany from September 16.

Hugh Grant has joined the cast of Cloud Atlas, alongside Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and British actors, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess and Ben Whishaw.

The film is based on David Mitchell’s novel which charts the progress of a soul across six separate existences spanning centuries, adapted by The Wachowskis and Tykwer.

Shooting will take place in Glasgow (which recently played host to World War Z), Spain and Germany, with two full units working simultaneously.

Focus Features International are handling sales, with Warner Bros distributing in the US.

Title: Cloud Atlas

Producer: X-Filme Creative Pool, Anarchos Pictures and Five Drops

Director: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski

Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbet