January 3, 2011


John Goodman has joined three-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader) adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Already featuring serious star power in the form of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, the film will follow Oskar (played by newcomer Thomas Horn), a 10-year old boy whose father (Hanks) dies in the September 11th attacks.  As the story goes, Oskar embarks on a journey to deal with his loss and discover more about the lock-box key left behind by his father.  The lauded script was penned by Oscar-winning scribe Eric Roth (Forrest Gump).

Per THR, Goodman will play a doorman in Oskar’s apartment building who “goes on a trip to exhume the father’s coffin.”  In addition to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, he recently appeared in HBO’s Treme and can also be seen this March in Kevin Smith’s Red State.  To check out a synopsis of Foer’s novel, hit the jump.

Here the synopsis for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [via Amazon]:

Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.


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