Tom Hanks to go In the Garden of Beasts?

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Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal & Natalie Portman star in this war drama, a remake of a 2004 Danish film. Sam (Maguire) is a US Marine who goes off to the war in Afghanistan. He is reported killed, leaving his wife Grace (Portman) and their two daughters to grieve back home. Sam's brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal), just released from prison, tries to help out, though his near-constant presence in the home leads to his falling for Grace while also bonding with her and Sam's girls. Then the whole family receives the shock of a lifetime when they learn that Sam isn't really dead.
November 29th, 2011

Tom Hanks is being lined up for a role in 'In the Garden of Beasts'.

Studio Universal has optioned the film rights to the Erik Larson-written best-seller, with Hanks and his production partner Gary Goetzman set to work on the movie behind the scenes, and Tom eyed for the starring role.

The novel tells the true tale of former Unites States Ambassador William Dodd, who worked in Berlin in 1933, and his socialite daughter Martha, who had affairs with a Soviet spy and a Gestapo official.

They initially stayed in Germany following the rise of Adolf Hitler, but found themselves slowly growing aware of the terrible situation around them.

The book was published in May, but has been a huge success since its release, and will continue a theme for the actor who has long had a fascination with war-time stories, working on miniseries 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific'.

Tom will next star in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' - also a novel adaptation - alongside Sandra Bullock.