Tom Hanks starring in new comedy from ‘World War Z’ director

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 07: Tom Hanks attends the "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 07, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks has been keeping himself plenty busy over the last couple of years despite the effects of the pandemic, even if he’s seen several of his most recent and upcoming efforts relegated to streaming, a decision he publicly admits he doesn’t agree with.

America’s Dad has shown up in Greyhound, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, News of the World, and Finch since the beginning of 2020, while his upcoming slate includes Disney Plus exclusive Pinocchio, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis and Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City.

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Deadline reports that the two-time Academy Award winner has just gotten busier, after signing on to lead Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace, and World War Z director Marc Foster’s remake of hit 2015 Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove.

The story follows a curmudgeonly older gentleman who enjoys a life of isolated retirement, before forming an unlikely and ultimately life-changing friendship with the unruly family who moves in next door.

Life of Pi‘s Oscar-nominated writer David Magee is penning the script with production due to start this year, and the prospect of Hanks diving back into lighthearted comedy is more than enough reason to keep this one on your radar, even if the title is guaranteed to change.