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Tom Hanks to star in World War II drama

hollywood Updated: Nov 29, 2011 19:21 IST

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks is producing a World War II drama based on Erik Larson's book, which is set in the world of Hitler's Germany.

Universal studio and Hanks' Playtone have bought the rights of Larson's non-fiction best-seller In the Garden of Beasts to produce.

Hanks is also eyeing the project as a potential starring vehicle, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The book tells the true tale of William Dodd, the United States' reluctant and mild-mannered ambassador to Berlin in 1933, and his daughter Martha, a vivacious socialite who had romantic affairs with a Gestapo official and a Soviet spy.

Dodd and his family at first naively navigated life in Nazi Germany but they slowly gained awareness of the mounting brutality around them.

Larson's The Devil and the White City, another nonfiction book is in development by Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way shingle.

Hanks has previously starred in Saving Private Ryan while his production house was behind the Emmy-winning miniseries Band of Brothers, The Pacific and John Adams.