Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, both Oscar winners, have signed on to star in a movie about a nine-year-old boy who loses his father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is adapted from a 2005 novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Bullock and Hanks will play the boy’s parents, while the role of the boy, Oskar Schell has not yet been cast.
Bullock and Hanks are in talks to play the boy’s parents, with producers currently searching for a child to play the lead, Oskar Schell, in preparation for a mid-to-late January shoot in New York City.
It’s a plum role, as the story orbits around Schell, a precociously intelligent, tambourine-playing vegan, scientist, artist and pacifist, and his search for a lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father.
However, Thompson suggests the movie will feature multiple narrators and time frames, and there is also a segue in which the child’s grandparents reveal how they met and married during the second world war. Studios Paramount and Warner Bros are teaming up on the project, with Scott Rudin, the Oscar-winning producer of No Country for Old Men, also in the frame.
Together, Daldry and Rudin delivered best actress wins for Nicole Kidman in The Hours and Kate Winslet in The Reader, so the film looks like potent awards season bait.