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In a press release this morning, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that principal photography has begun on "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", based on the NY Times Bestseller by 'Everything is Illuminated' author Jonathan Safran Foer. The film stars Sandra Bullock, new-comer Thomas Horn, and Tom Hanks - who reunites with 'Forrest Gump' screenwriter Eric Roth.
Directed by Stephen Daldry ('The Reader'), the movie centers around 11-year old Oskar Schnell (Horn), a child with an extremely active mind who's father (Hanks) died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Disconnected from his grieving mother (Bullock), Oskar finds a mysterious key in his father's closet that doesn't fit any of the locks in the house. Convinced that it's meaningful in some way, he begins a journey throughout New York looking for a lock that fits the key. Throughout the experience, Oskar meets a variety of people that have a profound effect on the young man's life.
While the book has been accused of over-sentimentality and taking advantage of 9/11 controversy "gravy train", the film has attracted a stellar supporting cast, including James Gandolfini, Zoe Caldwell, Max van Sydow, Voila Davis, and Jeffrey Wright. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is set for release in 2011 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.