Tom Hanks isn't scared to tackle some of history's biggest and most tragic events. His next film, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," takes place during the aftermath of September 11, and now he has plans to tackle a movie about the Holocaust.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Hanks and his producing partner are planning to bring Erik Larson's non-fiction novel "In the Garden of the Beasts" to the big screen for Universal. It follows an American professor and his daughter who travel to Berlin in Hitler's first year of power, 1933, and try to temper the Fuhrer-to-be's government. Apparently the book offers a good understanding of why it took the world so long to understand the threat posed by Hitler. Hanks could potentially star in the film, as well as produce it.
Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!
Kyle Chandler Heads To "Broken City"
Allen Hughes is assembling quite the cast for his upcoming thriller "Broken City." Variety is reporting that Kyle Chandler is the latest actor to join the project. He'll play a campaign manager for a rival mayoral candidate (Barry Pepper) to the Mayor (Russell Crowe). The movie also stars Mark Walberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Chambers. It's being pegged for a January 18, 2013 release.
Jared Harris Heads To Virginia For "Lincoln"
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has just added one more major cast member. Variety has learned that Jared Harris is going to play Ulysses S. Grant in the upcoming biopic. Grant served under Lincoln in the Civil War, and later became the 18th President of the United States. In "Lincoln," Daniel Day-Lewis plays the titular president and Sally Field plays his wife, Mary Todd. The flick is slated for a late 2012 release date.
Gary Oldman Not Done With "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
Gary Oldman really liked his time on the set of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." In fact, he liked it so much that he might end up reprising his character George Smiley in a sequel of sorts with Working Title. The actor told ComingSoon.net that he and the production company are working on a new film called "Smiley's People." "I think they're whispering now that they might do 'Smiley's People,' not so much as a sequel, because there's a book in the middle actually, but we've set up the world and we'll revisit," he said.
"The Shield" Stars Reunite In "Pawn"
Deadline is reporting that "The Shield" costars Forest Whitaker and Michael Chiklis are set to reunite in the upcoming crime thriller "Pawn." The flick also will star Ray Liotta and Common, and newcomer David A. Armstrong will make his directorial debut. The indie follows a hostage situation gone wrong, with an ex-con becoming "entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob."
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