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Grant: I'm evil in Cloud Atlas!

Hugh Grant is set to surprise fans with his upcoming role in Cloud Atlas.

The 51-year-old actor, who is normally seen as the romantic lead in movies like Bridget Jones' Diary, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill, admitted he is "incredibly evil" in the Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's big-screen adaptation of David Mitchell's novel.

"I have six cameo parts in this strange, ambitious film. I do a lot of killing and raping," he told Empire.

"I wear an awful lot of prosthetic make up, too. You probably won't know that I am in the film!"

Hugh - who last starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in romantic comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? - said it was the director's idea to cast him against type, which he found challenging.

"In one of the parts I am a cannibal, about 2000 years in the future, and I thought, 'I can do that. It's easy'," he said.

"And then I am suddenly standing in a cannibal skirt on a mountaintop in Germany and they are saying, 'You know, hungry! We must have that flesh-eating, like a leopard who is so hungry...' and I am thinking, 'I can't do that! Just give me a witty line!'"

Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent and Jim Sturgess will also take on multiple roles in the time-spanning tale, which is expected to be released in October.

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