Award-winning actor Tom Hanks returns to the big screen in the drama-comedy A man named Otto, directed by Marc Forster. He plays the main character Otto, a lonely widower with little social skills or willingness to change. Here is everything you need to know about the film.
It is based on the 2012 New York Times bestseller A man named Ove by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. This is the second time this book has been adapted into a feature film, following the 2015 Swedish film of the same name, written and directed by Hannes Holm and starring Rolf Lassgard. The book was about finding meaning in life through difficulties; Now we’ll see if the film can convey the feel-good themes of the story…about a very lonely, sad man who has lost his wife. Sounds like a Tom Hanks movie!
Hanks is as productive as ever after his role as Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ pinocchio, which streamed direct to Disney+ last September. He also starred in the critically and commercially successful film elvis from director Baz Luhrmann starring Austin Butler as Colonel Tom Parker in the summer of 2022. Unlike a remake of a classic animated film and a biopic about one of the most famous singers of all time, Hanks takes center stage A man named Otto.
This is a smaller studio film without a full cast of other A-list actors and on a smaller budget. Hanks is the focus of any promotional material for the film and he is more involved as he is not only the protagonist but also a producer. His recognisability, talent and charm can sell a film to many cinema lovers.
Here’s everything we know so far about Sony Pictures Releasing A man named Otto.
A man named Otto: The plot
Otto is a sixty-year-old grumpy widower with a very short fuse who seems to spend most of his time visiting his dead wife’s grave and making everyone around him unhappy with his criticism and judgmental behavior. At the same time, his neighbors try to keep a cool head around him. A young family moves in next to him, and through the mother’s kind and brave nature and the daughters’ cute, childish antics, the initial friction turns into a friendship that will change his life immensely.
The official synopsis reads:
“A grumpy widower whose only joy is criticizing and judging his disgruntled neighbors meets his counterpart when a vibrant young family moves in next door, leading to an unexpected friendship that will turn his world upside down.”
Will the change be permanent or will Otto return to his old ways? Will he find a resemblance of happiness and meaning in his life?
A man named Otto: cast and crew
Oscar winner Tom Hanks plays the main character named Otto. He is also producing the film along with his wife Rita Wilson, Fredrik Wikstrom Nicastro and Gary Goetzman. Tom Hanks told People Magazine that the film is about community and family. He explained:
“The way you treat your own neighbours, the way people are able to come together in times of crisis, it happens all the time. Every time there’s a tornado, a flood, or something that hits a very specific community, everyone comes out and helps.”
The role of the mother of the young family next door is played by Mariana Treviño (Cäcilia, Overboard), and the father is by Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Lincoln’s attorney, Murder on the Orient Express).
The cast also includes Rachel Keller, who we’ve seen in TV series before Fargo, Legion and Tokyo Vice. Next to Kailey Hyman (Terrible 2, Second Thoughts) and Cameron Britton (Mindhunter, Umbrella Academy).
A man named Otto Marc Forster, who is known for films like , is directing Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland and World War Z, among other. The film’s screenplay was written by David Magee, who is also known for find neverland, life of pi, and Marry Poppins Return.
After some rearrangements, the film will be widely released on January 13, 2023, following a limited release on December 25, 2022, in New York and Los Angeles only, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The filming of A man named Otto began in February 2022 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and ended after four months in May 2022.
Tom Hanks has played many roles over his decades-long career, but it’s rare that he acts like a grumpy older man. He has proven himself many times; It’s not unreasonable to expect him to excel at the role. The holidays are just around the corner and maybe one of the gifts we’re getting is seeing him in this drama comedy.