Tom Hanks is back in a WWII-themed project, it’s not bad, and is looking at The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius (not bad at all) to direct the adaptation of In the Garden of Beasts, a story about ‘love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin’; Natalie Portman (that is awesome) is also being eyed for Universal Pictures’ film version of Erik Larson’s nonfiction book.
Hanks will star in the film as William Dodd, America’s ambassador to Germany just prior to World War II. He is also producing with Gary Goetzman and they are reportedly courting Portman to play William’s daughter Martha in the harrowing pre-WWII tale; Hazanavicius is allegedly working on a new draft of the script with an unnamed penner.
Ambassador’s family is smitten with the Nazi party, with his daughter even falling for a man of power in the Nazi party, what could be a major plot twist.
However, with Portman signed on to produce and star in Lynne Ramsay’s small-scale western Jane Got A Gun, there could be necessary to solve some scheduling problems.
We’ll keep you posted on the status of In the Garden of Beasts.