Based on the acclaimed novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tells the story of a young boy (newcomer Thomas Horn ) who embarks on a journey of discovery through New York after losing his father (Tom Hanks) in the World Trade Center. Hanks tells ET, "In a lot of ways you can say that this movie was 10 years in the making because it deals with the individual details of what was probably the most serious day in all of our lives. Part of the test that this screenplay had to pass was whether or not it held up, and just the verisimilitude on one hand, but also does it have the weight to warrant the movie being made in the first place? And I felt that it did." Co-star Sandra Bullock adds, "If the story moves you in the right way, it moves you in the most honorable and respectful way. And I think [director] Stephen Daldry did the most beautiful job translating this already amazing book into something that I don't think has ever been done before."