In a surprising turn, Tom Hanks’ WWII battleship film Greyhound will premiere on Apple TV+, according to Deadline, instead of debuting in theaters by Sony Pictures on Father’s Day weekend. The streaming premiere will debut in over 100 countries, though a release date has not yet been set. Hanks stars in and also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming drama.
Based on C.S. Forester’s novel The Good Shepherd, the film will be set in the early days of WWII. In Greyhound, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous waters of the Black Pit in the North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy in order to give the allies a chance to win the war. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider.
The film stars Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Cast Away), Stephen Graham (Snatch, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rocketman), Rob Morgan (Mudbound, Stranger Things, Daredevil), and Oscar nominee Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, The Boys, Death Wish).
The film is directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Schneider (Two Soldiers, Get Low) from a script penned by Tom Hanks. It is produced by Emmy winner Gary Goetzman (Olive Kitteridge, Game Change, The Pacific).