Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Film A Man Called Ove

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Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Film <i>A Man Called Ove</i>

Celebrated Academy Award winner and David S. Pumpkins portrayer Tom Hanks has one of his next projects lined up. Per Variety, Hanks will star in an American remake of Oscar-nominated Swedish film A Man Called Ove, originally directed by Hannes Holm. Hanks is also set to produce the film along with producing partner Gary Goetzman and Rita Wilson, the actress, singer and producer who is also married to Hanks.

A Man Called Ove was based on a popular 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, and the Swedish film adaptation was nominated for two Academy Awards, as well as being the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the United States in 2016. The book told the story of an old curmudgeon and widower who unexpectedly finds light in his life when he befriends a mixed-race couple and their two young daughters. Wilson described the story as follows:

“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.”

Hanks can be seen next in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a drama centering on the Pentagon Papers—though you’re more than likely to see a certain Halloween character dance his way onto the screen before that.