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Hugh Grant Signs Up for Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas

Grant will join Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and a host of fellow Brits (Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, and Jim Broadbent) in the upcoming adaptation of David Mitchell's complicated novel. Might Grant's recent foray into journalism be of use? Given the rumored gender-bending nature of the project — said Whishaw to Vulture: "Everybody’s swapping race and gender, so it’s very ambitious and quite fun" — we could see Grant stepping in for Luisa Rey, the book's female investigative reporter. But first, a pressing question: Has Grant read the book? (Some of his castmates are still a bit behind in that department.) And if not, can Vulture join the Cloud Atlas Set Book Club? White wine's on us. [THR]

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