Tom Hanks has signed on to star in the new A Man Called Ove movie. Fans of Fredrik Backman‘s international bestselling novel will be thrilled to learn that the Oscar winner will play the curmudgeonly Ove in the upcoming English-language remake.
Hanks will also be a producer, along with his Playtone production company partner Gary Goetzman, his wife Rita Wilson, and Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro, who served as the executive producer of the Swedish-language adaptation of the film. The original adaptation snagged two Academy Awards earlier this year and was the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. in 2016, according to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Backman’s 2012 novel about a bitter widower wallowing in his loneliness was an immediate bestseller in his native Sweden and was released in the U.S. in 2013. Thanks to word of mouth and gushing reviews, A Man Called Ove captivated readers with its simple, heartwarming story of a man whose life is changed by his friendship with a neighborhood couple and their two daughters. The book eventually shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list and remained there for 77 consecutive weeks.
“This story about love, tolerance, and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love,” Wilson said. “A Man Called Ove transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for.”
Translated into 43 languages, A Man Called Ove is a tribute to the universality of Backman’s poignant story about life, love, friendship, and connection. Hanks’s adaptation of the novel is certain to garner the story even more fans.
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