Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More First Look Images: Patrick Stewart As A Neo-Nazi In 'Blue Ruin' Director Jeremy Saulnier's 'Green Room' & More Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) R.I.P. Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Christopher Nolan Talks 'Interstellar' Twist And Enigmatic Ending Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Viola Davis & Jeffrey Wright Join 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 21, 2011 at 2:23AM

After a superb debut a decade ago with "Billy Elliot," it looked like theatre director Stephen Daldry could become a real force in the cinema world. But while his films have undoubtedly become regular awards bait, the quality seems to slip with each picture: "The Hours" has a rich ensemble, but they're overshadowed by Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose, and the film as a whole is a little turgid, while "The Reader" is one of the worst Best Picture nominees in recent memory. Nevertheless, he's always been able to attract impressive casts, and the two new additions to his latest film are no exception.
2


After a superb debut a decade ago with "Billy Elliot," it looked like theatre director Stephen Daldry could become a real force in the cinema world. But while his films have undoubtedly become regular awards bait, the quality seems to slip with each picture: "The Hours" has a rich ensemble, but they're overshadowed by Nicole Kidman and her prosthetic nose, and the film as a whole is a little turgid, while "The Reader" is one of the worst Best Picture nominees in recent memory. Nevertheless, he's always been able to attract impressive casts, and the two new additions to his latest film are no exception.

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" already seems like a lock for a brace of nominations at the 2012 Oscars, following the Daldry formula to a tee: an adaptation by an A-list screenwriter (in this case, "Forrest Gump" writer Eric Roth), of a literary bestseller -- the sophomore novel from "Everything Is lluminated" writer Jonathan Safran Foer -- with a cast mixing big names and veteran character actors. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are toplining the project, with child actor Thomas Horn and the great John Goodman joining them in recent weeks.

Now, Baz Bamigboye reports that two of the more reliable supporting names around have joined the project: Viola Davis, who picked up a long-overdue Oscar nomination a few years back for "Doubt," and Jeffrey Wright, veteran of "Angels in America," "Syriana" and "Casino Royale." Both are also featuring in pictures that should be awards contenders around the same time next year along with 'Extremely Loud': Davis is starring in another literary adaptation, opposite Emma Stone in "The Help," while Wright is among the cast of George Clooney's "Ides of March," although he'll be seen before then in Duncan Jones' "Source Code."

The plot focuses on Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old boy from Manhattan whose father died on 9/11. Two years later, the boy discovers a key belonging to his father, which sends him on a search through the city. Horn will play Oskar, with Bullock and Hanks as his parents, and Goodman as a doorman who aids Schell on his quest. There's no news of which roles Davis and Wright will take -- perhaps readers more familiar with the source material have an idea?

We're big fans of the two new additions, and we're certainly intrigued to see the finished product, even if the book's reputation isn't as glowing as Safran Foer's first novel (which received an underrated adaptation from Liev Schreiber). Let's not forget, the last time Daldry worked on a film with a child in the lead was "Billy Elliot," so this probably shouldn't be underestimated. Filming gets underway any day now, with a fall release planned.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Actresses, Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jeffrey Wright, Viola Davis


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates