Tom Hanks has signed on to play a headlining role in an upcoming adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for the King. Variety reports that Hanks will re-team with his Cloud Atlas director Tom Tykwer (who co-directed that film with Lana and Andy Wachowski). The book, released in 2012, is officially described as follows:
In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This taut, richly layered, and elegiac novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment—and a moving story of how we got here.