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Sunday 1 March 2015

Hanks to walk in Garden Of Beasts?

Tom Hanks is being linked to a film version of an Erik Larsen best-seller
Tom Hanks is being linked to a film version of an Erik Larsen best-seller

Tom Hanks could be starring in World War II drama In The Garden Of The Beasts.

The Oscar-winning star is looking to take the lead role in the big-screen adaptation of Erik Larsen's best-selling book, which he would also produce, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on real-life accounts of William Dodd, the US Ambassador to Berlin in 1933, the book and planned film takes place during Hitler's mounting atrocities in Nazi Germany.

Dodd's daughter Martha gets swept up in her newfound flamboyant lifestyle and has several liaisons with members of the upper echelon of the Third Reich. At first taken in by the enthusiasm for restoration by German nationals, the family soon comes to realise the horrors behind the Nazi movement.

The project is still in very early days, with no screenwriter attached yet.

Tom, who last shared screen time with Julia Roberts in Larry Crowne, will next be seen in Stephen Daldry's drama Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close opposite Sandra Bullock and Viola Davis.

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