Child genius cast in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Wiz-kid Thomas Horn has been cast as the young lead in Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s hit novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Deadline reports.

Thomas will play Oskar Schell, a highly intelligent and sensitive, yet precocious 9-year-old who begins a journey two years after his father is killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He discovers a key in a vase and decides to search Manhattan for clues about the matching lock, hoping to also find out information about his father.

This will be Horn’s first foray into acting, having been discovered through his recent win on the television show Jeopardy in October. The bright 12-year-old won $31,800 in prize money and made national headlines in the United States.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was a landmark novel when it was released in 2005 for being one of the first fiction works to tackle the highly sensitive topic of 911. Equally, this territory is largely untouched in films, particularly as the catalyst for the proceeding story. There’s great potential with this film and it could be a great launch pad for Thomas’ career.

He will star opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in a screenplay penned by Eric Roth for Warner Brothers with production set to begin early 2011.

Discuss: Saying that, umm, can the kid act?! We hope so…

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