Tom Hanks Set to Star in a Remake of Popular Swedish Film A MAN CALLED OVE
My boy Tom Hanks is set to star in a new comedy called A Man Called Ove, which will be a remake of the popular Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm. The original film, which is based on the novel by Fredrik Backman, was nominated for a couple Oscars earlier this year and it was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the U.S. in 2016. I never saw it, but it looks like I might need to! Here's a description of the story:
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.
This sounds like a great story and a perfect role of Tom Hanks to take on. I'm a huge fan of the actor so I'm looking forward to seeing him bring this character to life. It seems like it would be a new, fresh, and different kind of role for him. Hanks will also produce the film alongside his wife Rita Wilson, who had this to say in a statement:
“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love. 'A Man Called Ove’ transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for. What an honor to be part of such beautiful material.”
Did you see the original film? Do you think this will be a good project for Hanks to be a part of?