Cloud Atlas, the damn-near-impossible to describe new film from Andy and Lana Wachowski (the folks behind The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer, has been kept in almost total secrecy for what seems like forever. Now we're getting a flurry of new information about the movie, starting with the first image yesterday, and with promises of a brand-new trailer coming today. But before that, we've got a whole other new batch of images that debuted via a pretty nifty widget, which also includes selections from the film's score-- take a look at that below.

You can see all the images in the gallery at the bottom of this post, featuring most of the film's stars, including Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Doona Bae, the South Korean actress who plays Sonmi-451 in the most overtly futuristic section of the film. Cloud Atlas contains six stories, all linked in various metaphysical in thematic ways, that take place across more than a millennium, starting in the mid-1800s with a ship journey across the South Pacific and ending on the island that used to be Hawaii, where what remains of humanity has returned to pre-civilization society. Yes, Cloud Atlas is a monster of a book, and even from these gorgeous images it's really impossible to tell how the Wachowskis and Tykwer have handled the material. Everyone looks fantastic, of course-- and the snippets of the score you can hear in the widget are really gorgeous-- but with a promised running grime of 2 hours and 45 minutes, there's a lot of other stuff to see.

We'll have the new trailer to you later today, with the promise of lots of beautiful high-res stills to come. Cloud Atlas will open at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and open in theaters October 26 this year.

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