Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock to get EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE?

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
August 23rd, 2010

Adaptations have always been commonplace in Hollywood. Some of the most notable films of all time have had literary roots, with films like THE GODFATHER and THE WIZARD OF OZ drawing their inspiration from books. While we’ve been hearing about Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the popular book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close for quite some time now, we haven’t heard much in the way of casting news.

However, we’re just now getting news from indieWire that Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock could be signing on to play two crucial roles in the film. Check out the full story after the break!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close comes from author Jonathan Safran Foer, who also wrote the novel Everything is Illuminated which served as the source material for the 2005 film of the same name. That film was directed by Liev Schreiber, who was a novice behind the camera at the time. Nonetheless, the source material’s majesty was evident and it was adored by many.

This novel follows the story of a young boy who finds a key left in a vase by his father. The boy’s father passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which heightens the necessity for the boy to find the lock to which this key belongs. Simultaneous to the boy’s journey, his grandparents recount their own story. I’m not sure which roles Hanks and Bullock will take on, but the grandparents seem like the roles made for them. I only wonder how quickly we can buy these two iconic actors as old enough to be grandparents.

Either way, this project just gets better and better. These two are fantastic actors, particularly Hanks who hasn’t had many deep roles to sink his teeth into lately. Bullock is still searching for a follow-up to her big Oscar win, though this seems to fit her archetypal character quite well. I haven’t read the book, though it’s been pretty high on my list for quite some time. Needless to say I’m going to strive to check it out soon.

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  • Kopp5935

    It would be intersting to see how the very graphic elements of the novel are translated into the style of the film. As well, it would be interesting to see what happens to Oscar’s narration.

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