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John Goodman joins Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

01.04.2011

Here's a film that will likely be an awards contender for next year.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, a new film from director Stephen Daldry (THE READER) and writer Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP), is an adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and already stars the Oscar-flossin' likes of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. And now, according to THR, awesome guy John Goodman (RED STATE) will be jumping aboard as well.

"The drama centers on Oskar, a 10-year old boy (being played by unknown Thomas Horn) who loses his father (Hanks) in the Sept. 11 attacks and goes on a cathartic journey to deal with his loss. He scours New York for information relating to the lock-box key box left behind by his father and meets an assortment of people along the way -- each dealing with their own forms of grief and loss that connect and parallel his own." Goodman will be playing the role of a doorman in Oskar's apartment building who ends up going on a trip to help him exhume his dad's coffin.

The film's script has apparently been getting a lot of very positive buzz in Hollywood. The production is hoping to begin filming this winter and have it all delivered and ready in time for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Extra Tidbit: Eric Roth has been nominated for five Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars, including BENJAMIN BUTTON, MUNICH, THE INSIDER, and FORREST GUMP (for which he won the award).

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