First look at Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn in ‘Extremely Loud’

Posted by · 12:01 pm · August 10th, 2011

I’ve heard young Thomas Horn is a little heart-breaker in Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” And Sandra Bullock seems to me someone to watch for in the supporting actress race, given the narrative of the book on which Eric Roth’s screenplay is based. But Tom Hanks is featured front and center in the first official image from the film (courtesy of Awards Campaign). Warner Bros. has set the film for a late December release. Scott Rudin is producing. Awards hunting is in the cards. Etc. Etc.

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  • 1 8-10-2011 at 12:18 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    It’d be interesting to see if Bullock manages a second nomination. I’m sure many thought she was one and done. Someone to keep in consideration for sure, but I’m skeptical. Roth isn’t trustworthy, imo, and I don’t get a successful Oscar vibe in general from this.

    Then again, with Daldry and all…sigh.

  • 2 8-10-2011 at 12:22 pm

    Zack said...

    I’m only about 75% through the book, but I’m not really getting the caliber of the cast, in that I can’t think of any adult characters other than the parents who play enough of a role for that kind of star power.
    (Also, I heard they completely cut the grandfather subplot; do you know if there’s any truth to that?)

  • 3 8-10-2011 at 12:35 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    I haven’t read the book yet, but it has been on my to-read list for quite some time… anyone care to share their opinion it? I’ve heard from good to bad, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.

  • 4 8-10-2011 at 12:40 pm

    Zack said...

    I’m enjoying it; it’s got a very distinct voice, and it’ll either grow on you or annoy the hell out of you, so it’s not necessarily for everyone. Stylistically it’s kinda reminding me of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”.

  • 5 8-10-2011 at 12:43 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Thanks Zack. I haven’t read ‘The Curious Incident…’, so I might be a little off here but is it distinct in the sense that it’s written from a child’s perspective?

  • 6 8-10-2011 at 12:45 pm

    Zack said...

    Yeah, but it’s a very idiosyncratic child’s voice, almost Asperger’s syndrome-like; I have Asperger’s myself, so that may be prejudicing my impression of it, but that’s the vibe I got.

  • 7 8-10-2011 at 12:54 pm

    jt said...

    I read the book when it initially came out, and though I really liked it, it’s absolutely divisive. It is from the child’s character, but as Zack said, it’s a very odd, almost otherwordly child’s perspective. It’s funny, when I heard they were making this movie I desperately wanted Max Records to be the main character (I had just seen Where the Wild Things Are) and couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t being mentioned after such a great performance. Then I saw The Sitter trailer and realized it’s because he hit his growth spurt and looked about five years too old.

  • 8 8-10-2011 at 2:15 pm

    m1 said...

    “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” was phenomenal. If “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is similar to it, then I might consider checking it out after all.

  • 9 8-10-2011 at 2:41 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Awww…. that’s adorable. Nice to know Tom Hanks might actually have a good film out this year, and Stephen Daldry is always someone to look out for.

  • 10 8-10-2011 at 2:54 pm

    kel said...

    Stephen Daldry will go 4/4. If he can get nominated for The Reader, he can certainly get nominated for this.

  • 11 8-10-2011 at 3:09 pm

    The Dude said...

    I’m worried about this. It’s been years since I read the book (I read it within a few weeks of its initial release), but from my memory I find it very hard to believe ANY traditional Hollywood narrative would be able to capture the unique perspectives from the book. I bet everyone in this gives it their all, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the final product only managed to be OK.

  • 12 8-10-2011 at 3:33 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Zack: I don’t know if that is who Max Von Sydow is playing, but I heard hes quite good, too.

  • 13 8-10-2011 at 3:35 pm

    Maxim said...

    Off-topic but relevant:

    War Horse has been rated PG-13 for “intense sequences of war violence”.

  • 14 8-10-2011 at 4:43 pm

    Brock Landers said...

    “I’ve heard young Thomas Horn is a little heart-breaker in Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

    Have you heard good things about the movie itself, or just the performances?

  • 15 8-10-2011 at 5:52 pm

    Danny said...

    I just finished the book and it is very good, heartbreaking, and difficult to adapt to a movie – as was Froer’s first book “Everything is Illuminated” (Half that book never made it into the movie). They are bound to make major changes. If the grandfather plot is taken out, then my guess is Max von Sydow plays the upstairs neighbor, another pivotal role. If Tom Hanks plays the father, they must have beefed up the role, because in the book we see little of him, although everything revolves around him or what happened to him. The IMDB page is very cagey in that it doesn’t reveal character names for the celebrities in the cast. If Hanks plays the father, they made the father older. If he plays the upstairs neighbor, they made the character younger. Best guess is Tom plays the father and Sandra Bullock the mother.

    The book is not only unique because of the odd asperger-like child’s first person narrative, but also because it includes other people’s narratives, like the grandmother and grandfather, and often makes experimental literary choices, as well as including photography, including a flip book like final series of photos, which if they are reproduced in the movie – which I could see happening, since it is so cinematic by design – will be devastating to watch. I found it difficult to page through.

    I want to see this movie, but I am afraid it will dramatize 9/11 moments I have so far managed to avoid seeing visually. Bad enough imagining them.

  • 16 8-10-2011 at 9:34 pm

    Danny said...

    On they specify that Tom Hanks is playing the father and Sandra Bullock the mother. Makes the most sense, but is in confirmation or just HitFix’s guess?

  • 17 8-11-2011 at 7:16 am

    Roy said...

    Kris, do you mind if I ask who you heard these opinions from? Are they people from the studio, or test audiences?

  • 18 8-11-2011 at 8:11 am

    Movieguy1 said...

    The book is terrible–appealing perhaps only to those longing for a cutesy take on 9/11 as seen through “ironic” hipster tunnel vision.

    It’s unfortunate that this is the post-9/11 literary adaptation that we’re getting. The real prize would have been Don DeLillo’s “Falling Man”.

  • 19 8-11-2011 at 12:29 pm

    Afrika said...

    Tom Hanks is playing Tom Hanks again. Great!

  • 20 8-11-2011 at 2:14 pm

    Danny said...

    “appealing perhaps only to those longing for a cutesy take on 9/11 as seen through “ironic” hipster tunnel vision.”

    Wow, Movieguy1, way to go. Surely because the book doesn’t appeal to you, anyone who it did appeal must need to be slapped around for being some sort of tasteless, undiscerning idiot.

    I don’t share your perspective on “Extremely…”, not surprisingly. I find your take grossly misrepresents the book, but I wouldn’t therefore think of reducing my idea of what your taste runs to to a demeaning reductive caricature.

    Your comment might give me some ideas about your character though.

  • 21 8-11-2011 at 6:42 pm

    DylanS said...

    There’s a part of me that just assumes that Daldry’s streak will continue, but there’s another part that thinks that he’s recieved an unfathomable amount of generousity and good will from the Academy, and that can only get you so far. And I say this as someone who thinks he’s a perfectly good director who hasn’t made a bad film yet. I mean “The Reader” was totally unworthy of any nominations outside of Winslet, but it was far from atrocious, “Billy Elliot” is enjoyable, if not entirely memorable, and I actually like “The Hours” quite a bit.

  • 22 8-11-2011 at 8:19 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I’m probably one of the biggest Daldry fans you could find. “Billy Elliot” and “The Hours” are, for me, easily two of the best films of the last decade. The former is a personal favorite. “The Reader” was a bit of a step down, but still very good.

  • 23 8-11-2011 at 10:48 pm

    rosengje said...

    I still wish Robert Downey, Jr. had taken the role of the father instead of Hanks.The father is supposed to be appropriately nerdy and idiosyncratic and I just have trouble buying Hanks in the role.