Tom Hanks’ ‘A Man Called Otto’ Release Date and First Synopsis Revealed

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Sony Pictures recently revealed release dates of several movies, including A Man Called Otto in which Tom Hanks stars in the lead role. Based on Fredrik Backman’s novel “A man Called Ove”, the movie tells the story of a grumpy and strict widower who forms an unlikely friendship with his new neighbors. The film is directed by Marc Forster, with David Magee adapting the screenplay.

In 2015, the novel was adapted into a Swedish comedy of the same title, while in this remake, Ove is changed to Otto to better suit the American setting in which the story will take place. Alongside Hanks, the film also stars Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo. 

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CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Tom Rothman, complimented the cast and crew, calling them “all-star constellation of talent”:

“Tom Hanks in an iconic role and an exceptional director in Mark Forster; outstanding producers in Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman and Fredrik Wikström Nicastro; exquisite screenplay from David Magee; a worldwide best-selling book; and our long-time partner, SF Studios.”

Otto is cranky, irritable and strict widower. He demands his neighbors to abide by his principles and spends his day judging them. Of course, Otto is simply lonely deep inside and takes his sadness and anger on people around him. Together with losing his wife, he lost his own spark and love for life – but all this will start to change when he strikes a friendship with his new neighbors.

The synopsis promises an intriguing, emotional story of acceptance and change – and this stories always seem to strike the right cord with the audience. The movie will be arriving in theaters on Christmas Day, December 25, 2022.

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