John Goodman opening door to September 11 drama

Actors Johanna Wokalek of Germany (L) and John Goodman of the U.S. pose for pictures as they arrive for the world premier of the movie "Die Paepstin" (Pope Joan) in Berlin October 19, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Goodman is joining Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” a September 11-themed drama to be directed by British filmmaker Stephen Daldry.

The story centers on Oskar, a 10-year old boy (being played by unknown Thomas Horn) who loses his father (Hanks) in the September 11 attacks and goes on a cathartic journey to deal with his loss. He scours New York for information relating to the lock-box key box left behind by his father and meets an assortment of people along the way -- each dealing with their own forms of grief and loss that connect and parallel his own.

Goodman will play a doorman in Oskar’s apartment building who goes on a trip to exhume the father’s coffin.

The Warner Bros./Paramount co-production is based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oscar-winning “Forrest Gump” scribe Eric Roth adapted the script. Daldry (“The Reader”) is looking at a winter start with an eye to getting it ready for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Goodman recently wrapped “Red State,” Kevin Smith’s latest movie, and appeared in HBO’s “Treme.”