EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE adds Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright to its cast

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
January 21st, 2011

It seems as though I’ve become the designated correspondent for Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. You want to know how I know that? Because I can spell that gentleman’s name without looking it up. In addition to an already stellar cast, made up of actors Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and John Goodman, we’ve got some news regarding two new additions to the roster.

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According to The Playlist, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright have signed on to the film. No word yet on who their characters will be, but that’s of little concern to me. These two are extremely qualified actors, particularly Davis whose performance in DOUBT is, while short, incredible. However, since then she’s been in some stinkers like LAW ABIDING CITIZEN and KNIGHT AND DAY. Maybe an Oscar bait director like Daldry can get her back on track.

Wright isn’t exactly in the same boat. He’s recently been in a few films, most notably CASINO ROYALE, W, and the upcoming film from Duncan Jones- SOURCE CODE. These two actors heigten my already piqued interest; I just can’t wait for this thing to start filming so we get a look at these performers in action.

Safran Foer’s novel follows a young boy who searches all of New York for information about a key he discovered, which he believes to have belonged to his father who died in the 9/11 attacks. The boy is curious in nature and readers find themselves exploring along with him, not just for information about this key but also about the relationships between people. I can’t wait to see this novel adapted to the big screen.

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  • http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com Scott Mendelson

    Question… will Viola Davis again play a therapist and/or some kind of mental healer? Intentionally or not, that seems to be her stock and trade these days (Medea Goes to Jail, Trust, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, etc). Not that I’m complaining. If getting typecast gets her into more movies, than that’s only to the respective film’s benefit.

  • http://www.willschiff.com Will Schiff

    I’m in full agreement. Whatever she ends up playing, I’ll be fine with. She could use more legitimate work.

    I hadn’t thought about the types of characters she tends to play, and you’ve got a point there. The only one I can think of immediately that would break that trend would be the aforementioned DOUBT, but that role was relatively small. I enjoy her work still, even if the characters have some striking similarities!

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