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Tom Hanks Signs On To 'In The Garden Of Beasts,' Eyes Lead For WWII Drama

11/29/2011 09:29 am ET

After a lack-luster romcom, Tom Hanks is back and just where we like him -- in Nazi Germany.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be producing Erik Larson's nonfiction bestseller "In the Garden of Beasts," but Hanks also has his eye on the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Larson's book, whose full title is "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin," tells the true story of William Dodd, a mild-mannered US ambassador sent to Berlin in 1933 along with his daughter Marth, a lively socialite who finds herself entangled in love affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy. At first, the pair is ignorant to the ugliness around them but slowly realizes they're in the midst of a mounting genocide.

This move expands Hanks' ever-impressive World War II/ historical oeuvre. He will next been seen in another book adaptation, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."

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