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12-Year-Old 'Jeopardy!' Winner Cast in 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

Thomas horn Deadline reports today that Thomas Horn will star in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, director Stephen Daldry's feature film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel about a nine-year-old boy's life in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2011.

Horn, who is 12 years old, is not a professional actor, but the child prodigy made headlines in October when he won first place on Jeopardy!, walking away with $31,800 in prize money. Deadline's Mike Fleming explains, "Daldry needed an exceptionally intelligent kid to play Oskar Schell, the bright and precocious 9-year old whose father is killed in the World Trade Center terror attack. The youth finds a key left behind in his father’s belongings, and sets out on a cathartic journey to uncover the lock." Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock star as the boy's parents.

Back Stage has published several casting notices this year for this role in the film. Even though Horn has officially been cast -- which unfortunately means our Back Stage readers were not -- producers are now seeking an on-set double for the boy. Read the casting notice below or online at BackStage.com, or pick up a copy of this week's print issue of Back Stage (on newsstands Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010) for more info and to apply.

'EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE'

MelCap Casting is casting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a feature film based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer and starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Stephen Daldry, dir.; Scott Rudin, prod.; Eric Roth, writer; Mele Nagler, casting dir. Shoots Jan.-May 2011 in NY.

Seeking—Actor Double: boy, age 10-13, Caucasian, must be 4'10"-4'11", dirty blond or light brown hair color, petite build.

Auditions will be held by appt. only. For more info and complete submission instructions, visit BackStage.com.

-- Daniel Lehman

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