Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the celebrated novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer has got itself a trailer today.

It’s a little less idiosyncratic than I expected but the combination of Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, the tragedy of the World Trade Center and a child suddenly lost in the world is a powerful one, though sticking U2 over the top seemed a touch unecessary.

Also appearing is the epic talent of Mr. John Goodman who joins Viola Davis?, Jeffrey Wright, Max Von Sydow? and James Gandolfini? in supporting roles.

The book sees Oskar travel the city meeting various lost souls, each taking him a little closer to his father. Thomas Horn is the actor chosen as Oskar and his is no easy task, but Daldry knows what he is doing with young actors, Billy Elliot being the obvious example, and I’m hoping there’s more of Oskar’s personality carried over in the final film.

Pray silence please for an imminent synopsis,

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell? is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies.

When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he disovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

Moisten those heart-strings and ready your tears to be jerked –  Trailer time…

Video: Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close trailer


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