12-Year-Old ‘Jeopardy!’ Winner Thomas Horn Joins Hanks, Bullock In ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’

Oskar Schell, the main character of Jonathan Safran Foer’s bestseller “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” is an extremely special 9-year-old. He’s an inventor of helpful devices such as ambulances that call out “he’s alright!” or “it’s a close one!” instead of using sirens — that way loved ones know what to expect. And he’s also invented buildings that move instead of elevators so someone on the top floor of the Twin Towers would still able to escape when a plane hits the building. The child of a man who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks, Oskar is brilliant and heartbreaking and a wonderful narrator of a wonderful book.

So when director Stephen Daldry set out to adapt the novel for the big screen, the most important part of the process was finding the perfect young actor to play Oskar. Well, according to Deadline, he has. Daldry has signed on 12-year-old Thomas Horn, the wiz kid who made headlines for winning first place on “Jeopardy!” and $31,800 in prize money to boot.

Sandra Bullock has already come on board as Oskar’s mother in the film, while Tom Hanks will play his deceased father (presumably in flashbacks). “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” also needs actors to play Oskar’s grandmother and grandfather, as well as the many people that Oskar meets along his journey to discover the purpose of a key he finds in his father’s closet.

But those are all secondary to the fact that the film has cast an Oskar who can seemingly do the character justice. This will be Horn’s first acting credit, but with a face as adorable as this how could he go wrong?

Is “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” a film you are looking forward to?