Cameron Britton And Mike Birbiglia Join Tom Hanks In ‘A Man Called Otto’March 24, 2022
EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominated actor Cameron Britton and Mike Birbiglia have joined the cast of SF Studios’ A Man Called Otto, starring Tom Hanks. Marc Forster will direct with two-time Oscar nominee David Magee adapting the screenplay from Fredrik Backman’s comical 1# New York Times Bestseller A Man Called Ove – with the titular character being renamed to reflect the shift to an American setting. Britton and Birbiglia join a cast that already includes Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo are also on board
Fredrik Wikström Nicastro of SF Studios is producing the film with Rita Wilson and Hanks and his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman. Forster and Renée Wolfe will serve as executive producer via their production company 2DUX2. SF Studios is also fully financing the project. Magee is also executive producing.
Sony Pictures will release the film in theaters on December 25, 2022.
Based on the comical and moving New York Times bestseller, A Man Called Otto tells the story of Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks), a grumpy widower whose only joy comes from criticizing and judging his exasperated neighbors. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol, leading to an unexpected friendship that will turn his world upside-down.
A Man Called Ove spent 77 consecutive weeks on the bestsellers’ list and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. The book has also been translated into over forty languages. SF Studios then successfully adapted the book into a Swedish film, written and directed by Hannes Holm, which was the highest-grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. in 2016, and went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards and won Best Comedy at the European Film Awards.
Best known for his Emmy-nominated work on Netflix’s Mindhunter, Britton most recently wrapped the Gloria Sanchez Productions/Netflix limited series The Woman In The House, opposite Kristen Bell. He will next be seen starring in Hulu’s Shrill opposite Aidy Bryant. His other credits include Spectrum/Lionsgate Television series’ Manhunt: Deadly Games, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, and Fede Alvarez’s The Girl In The Spider’s Web.
Birbiglia has appeared in Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, Orange is the New Black, and Billions. He is also the writer, director, and star of Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice. He has written and performed a series of award-winning solo plays, including “The New One,” which went to Broadway and was filmed for Netflix. His latest solo show “The Old Man and the Pool” will make its world premiere in July at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Britton is represented by UTA, manager Nick Campbell and attorney Jeffrey Hynick. Birbiglia is repped by UTA and attorneys Isaac Dunham Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP.
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