Thirteen-year-old "Jeopardy!" champion Thomas Horn has landed the lead role in Stephen Daldry's big screen adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," an individual familiar with the project has confirmed to TheWrap.
The acclaimed story follows a precocious 9-year-old boy who struggles to cope with his father's death on 9/11. When he discovers a key in his father's belongings, he sets out on a cathartic journey to discover what it unlocks.
Horn won $31,800 on "Jeopardy!" in October after wagering $12,000 before the final round. Ironically, he proclaimed himself to be relatively unfamiliar with pop culture … and now he's a part of it.
Daldry will start shooting "Extremely Loud" early next year.
Horn's casting was first reported by Deadline.