Tom Hanks Is “In the Garden of Beasts”

Tom Hanks is eyeing Erik Larson’s recent nonfiction bestseller “In the Garden of Beasts” as a starring vehicle says The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal and Hanks’ Playtone have optioned the film rights to the book which tells the true story of William Dodd, the United States’ reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933.

Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany, his socialite daughter had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy, but they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce. Larson also penned the World’s Fair serial killer tale “The Devil and the White City” which Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way label is developing.