Wiz Kid Thomas Horn Lands Child Genius Role In 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 15, 2010 4:57 AM
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Take that, Ken Jennings. 12-year-old Thomas Horn, who wowed America (OK, the American that watches "Jeopardy!"), in October by taking home $31,800 on the game show has now parlayed that turn into a feature film career, landing the plum lead role in Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

The film follows a quirky nine-year-old Oskar Schell, a vegan/scientist/artist/pacifist who searches for information about a key he finds that belonged to his father who died in the North Tower in the 9/11 attacks. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock will play the parents of the child with the plot utilizing "multiple narrators and time frames."

Shooting is slated to begin on the Warner Bros./Paramount co-production in mid-to-late January in New York City. No word yet on when it will hit cinemas but you can bet the studios will push hard for a fall 2011 release. Get yr Oscars ready. [Deadline]

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2 Comments

  • guest | April 22, 2012 2:48 PMReply

    I heard Thomas Horn is learning Mandarin Chinese. I say SoWhat! Can he speak russian, do calculus, do mathproofs? Or play ragtime on piano. Respond if you want.

  • rodie | December 15, 2010 9:43 AMReply

    Amazing and underrated book. I hope the film does it justice!

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