The first pictures and trailer for the screen adaptation of the New York Times best selling novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are here. The film stars Thomas Horn in his acting debut as eleven-year-old Oskar Schell, who goes on a journey of self-discovery after his father is killed in the tragic events of September 11.
The story begins when Oskar finds a key that belonged to his father, played by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, and decides to search for its meaning. He is accompanied on his quest by Max von Sydow (The Seventh Seal, Shutter Island) who plays a man renting a room from Oskar’s grandmother.
The journey takes him through New York’s five boroughs and brings him into contact with a medley of human kind, meeting a variety of people who are all survivors in their own particular ways. Oskar himself has a brilliant mind for his age and spends his time inventing things, poring over maps of France and wishing for peace.
His mother is played by Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock and is directed by Brit, Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours). The screenplay is by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider) and produced by Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Social Network, True Grit) who have both won Academy awards. Phew – that’s a lot of talent bouncing around, so hopefully the film will reflect this.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close centres around a subject that is close to many people’s hearts. There is no doubt that it will be filled with emotions and morals, and while young Oscar’s journey is inevitably going to take him back to the same place he began, hopefully he will be able to find solace in the very human experience of love. It has now been confirmed that the release date for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is 17th February.
If you want a taster, you can check out the new trailer below: