Plot, cast, release date, and everything else we know

Award-winning actor Tom Hanks returns to the big screen with the dramatic comedy A man named Otto, directed by Marc Forster. He plays the main character Otto, a lonely widower with no great social skills or willingness to change his ways. Here’s everything there is to know about the movie.


It is based on the #1 New York Times bestselling novel of 2012. A man named Ove Swedish author Fredrik Backman. This is the second time this book has been adapted into a film, following the 2015 Swedish film of the same name written and directed by Hannes Holm and starring Rolf Lassgard. The book was about finding meaning in life through difficulties; now we will see if the film can convey the pleasant themes of the story… about a very lonely and sad man who lost his wife. It looks like a Tom Hanks movie!

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Hanks remains as productive as ever after his role as Geppetto in Robert Zemeckis’ pinocchio, which went straight to streaming on Disney+ last September. She also starred in the critically and commercially successful Elvis from director Baz Luhrmann stars Austin Butler as Colonel Tom Parker in the summer of 2022. Unlike a remake of a classic animated film and a biopic of one of the most famous singers of all time, Hanks is the main focus on A man named Otto.

This is a smaller studio movie without a cast full of other A-list actors and a smaller budget. Hanks is front and center in every promotional material for the movie, and he’s more involved since he’s not only the lead but also a producer. His recognizability, talent and charm can sell a movie to many movie lovers.

Here’s everything we know so far about Sony Pictures Releasing A man named Otto.


A Man Called Otto: The Plot

Otto is a grumpy sixty-year-old widower with a very short fuse who seems to spend most of his time visiting his late wife’s grave and making everyone around him miserable with his criticism and judgmental behavior. At the same time, his neighbors try to keep a cool head around him. A young family moves in next door to him, and through the mother’s kind and spunky nature and the daughters’ cute and childish antics, their initial friction develops into a friendship that will bring about an immense change in their lives. the.

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The official synopsis reads:

“A grumpy widower whose only joy comes from criticizing and judging his exasperated neighbors finds his match when a lively young family moves in next door, leading to an unexpected friendship that will turn his world upside down.”

Will the change be permanent or will Otto go back to his old ways? Will he find a semblance of happiness and meaning in his life?

A Man Called Otto: The Cast and Crew

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Academy Award winner Tom Hanks plays the main character named Otto. He is also a producer on the film, along with his wife Rita Wilson, Fredrik Wikström Nicastro and Gary Goetzman. Tom Hanks told People magazine that the movie is about community and family. He stated:

“The way you treat your own neighbors, the way people can come together at any time of crisis happens over and over again. Every time there’s a tornado, or a flood, or something that hits a very particular community, everyone comes out and helps.”

The role of mother of the young family next door is played by Mariana Treviño (Cecilia, into the water), and the father is played by Manuel García-Rulfo (Lincoln’s Lawyer, Murder on the Orient Express).

The cast also includes Rachel Keller, who we’ve seen on TV shows like Fargo, Legion and Tokyo Vice. As well as Kailey Hyman (Terrifier 2, Second Thoughts) and Cameron Britton (Mindhunter, Umbrella Academy).

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A man named Otto is directed by Marc Forster, known for movies like Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland and World War Z, among others. The film’s script was written by David Magee, also known for Discovering Neverland, Life of Pi, Y The return of Mary Poppins.

Release date

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After some changes, the film will be released in wide release on January 13, 2023, following a limited release on December 25, 2022, in New York and Los Angeles only, by Sony Pictures Releasing. the filming of A man named Otto it began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in February 2022 and, after four months, ended in May 2022.

Tom Hanks has played many roles in his decades-long career, but it’s rare to see him act like a grumpy older man. He has proven himself many times; it is not unreasonable that people expect him to play this role excellently. The holidays are just around the corner, and perhaps one of the gifts that come our way is to see him in this drama-comedy.

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