Tom Hanks to Star in Remake of Swedish Hit Comedy “A Man Called Ove”

Tom Hanks will star in the remake of “A Man Called Ove,” a popular Swedish film directed by Hannes Holm.

Hanks will not only star in the film, but will also serve as the film’s producer alongside producing partner Gary Goetzman under their Playtone production banner with Rita Wilson.

The onscreen Swedish adaptation of Fredrik Beckman’s debut novel “A Man Called Ove” was nominated for two Academy Awards earlier this year and was the highest-grossing foreign language film in the United States in 2016. Beckman’s novel was published in 2012, hitting no. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, remaining on the list for a consecutive 77 weeks.

“This story about love, tolerance and hope amplifies the qualities in movies that are hallmarks of the classic films we know and love,” said Wilson. “‘A Man Called Ove’ transcended the language barrier to touch readers and audiences in ways we long for. What an honor to be part of such beautiful material.”

This film is part of SF Studios’ strategy to produce English language films for the international market based on Nordic talent.