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Tom Hanks options bestseller 'In the Garden of the Beasts'

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Tom Hanks’ production company Playtone, along with Universal, have optioned the film rights to the nonfiction bestseller In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson, EW has confirmed.

The book chronicles the life of U.S. ambassador William Dodd and his family while Dodd was stationed in Berlin during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party. Hanks, who will produce with Gary Goetzman, is also considering starring in the film as Dodd. (The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.)

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