Castaway, Cowboy, Soldier; Tom Hanks will next embody a grumpy widower in the English-language adaptation of Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove. Itself based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, Hannes Holm‘s movie became the highest grossing foreign language film released in the US in 2016, and was nominated for two Academy Awards earlier this year.
The story focuses on 59-year-old widower Ove Lindahl, who lives a self-proclaimed lonely and bitter existence, frequently attempting suicide only to be thwarted each name by the interruption of his neighbours. When a new family moves into the neighbourhood, Ove makes some unexpected relationships and new realisations about himself.
As hard as it is to imagine the ever so lovable Tom Hanks as a grumpy bugger, his talent and versatility ascertain that this will be yet another iconic role for the actor.
Hanks also produces under his Playtone banner with Gary Goetzman; his wife and frequent collaborator Rita Wilson also produces, as does Fredrik Wikström Nicastro for SF Studios.
On Hanks’ involvement, Nicastro commented “making this film with one of the world’s best and most acclaimed actors gives A Man Called Ove the best possible opportunity to once again touch the hearts of audiences worldwide.” I don’t doubt that one bit.
Tom Hanks will next be seen in Steven Spielberg‘s The Post as Ben Bradlee, starring alongside Meryl Streep as Kay Graham. A historical drama, the film dramatises The Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers, top-secret military documents that charted the escalation and futility of the Vietnam War. The film sees wide US release January 12, 2018.