Tom Hanks strikes all the right chords as usual as a grumpy widower in new trailer for A Man Called Otto

The official trailer for A Man Called Otto once again proves that Tom Hanks is one of the best (and most hilarious!) actors of his generation

A Man Called Otto
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Tom Hanks once again proves he's a stellar actor, this time starring in the Marc Forster-directed A Man Called Otto, the second film adaptation of the novel A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Tom, who recently went on the record about the four good movies he's made, plays the titular role, a widower who is forced to retire from his job of almost four decades and, at 60 years old, decides to actually commit suicide. 

In the comedy-drama, scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25 of this year, Otto Anderson's attempts are constantly interrupted by a set of hilarious and loud neighbors who end up becoming the character's good friends.

The nearly three-minute-long trailer to the film was just released to the delight of Tom's fans, who most recently enjoyed the 66-year-old actor's take on Pinocchio's Geppeto in the live-action film released on Disney +.

Chatting with PEOPLE about the upcoming movie, which he also produced alongside his real-life wife Rita Wilson, Tom explained that the project is "about community and [...] family." 

"The way you treat your own neighbors, the way people can come together in any time of crisis happens over and over again," Tom said to the outlet. "Any time there's a tornado, a flood or something that hits a very particular community, everybody comes out and helps."

The 2012 book that serves as the original inspiration for the film was actually adapted for the big screen for the first time in 2015, in an eponymous Swedish movie written and directed by Hannes Holm that actually earned two Oscar nominations that year, one for Best Foreign Language Film and the other for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

In true Tom fashion, this is one of several projects he's currently associated with. In addition to Pinocchio, now streamable on Disney+, the actor can be seen in Elvis as Colonel Tom Parker and is preparing for the 2023 release of Asteroid City, a romantic comedy-drama by Wes Anderson also starring Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Margot Robbie, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Matt Dillon and Jeff Goldblum among plenty of other big-name celebrities.

The two-time Oscar winner also recently revealed the title of his first novel, The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece, which is scheduled to be released on May 9, 2023 and will focus on the movie business.

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