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

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

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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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.


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

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