John Goodman Joins Hanks, Bullock In ‘Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close’

The cast of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” continues to get extremely awesome and incredibly better. John Goodman is the latest actor to come on board the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s post-September 11th novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He will play the character Stan the Doorman, a minor character that works at the main character Oskar Schell’s apartment building and befriends the 10-year-old boy.

He joins newcomer (and “Jeopardy!” winner) Thomas Horn, who plays Oskar, and Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, who play Oskar’s parents. Director Stephen Daldry is directing the film, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth penned the script.

Stan becomes swept up into Oskar’s adventures to find the purpose of a mysterious key, but he is best known for announcing to Oskar, “You’ve got mail!” in an AOL voice… though he does also help Oskar exhume his father’s coffin (don’t worry — that’s not a spoiler).

Though the role is minor, it is exciting to see that someone as high-profile as Goodman thinks so well of the project that he’d come on in a non-starring role, and he does have the right personality to play the character of Stan. Goodman has recently wrapped Kevin Smith’s latest “Red State” and also appeared on HBO’s “Treme.”

Daldry is hoping to have the film ready for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks later this year. There are still several important characters that need to be cast, including Oskar’s grandmother and grandfather and the many people with the surname Black that Oskar encounters along his journey to find the owner of the key.

The story follows 9-year-old Oskar after he finds a key in an envelope in his father’s closet. His father had died in the September 11th attacks, and Oskar is certain that if he finds the purpose of the key, something will be explained to him to make his father’s death make more sense. The word “Black” is written on the envelope, but since it isn’t written in black ink, Oskar comes to the conclusion the key was given to his father by someone with the last name Black. So Oskar grabs the Manhattan phone book and starts visiting everyone in New York City with the last name “Black” to try to find the purpose of the key.

Are you glad John Goodman has come on board “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”?