News of the World: A Look Inside Tom Hanks’ Upcoming Drama
Universal Pictures has released an inside look at Tom Hanks’ upcoming drama News of the World, based on the novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles. Releasing in theaters on December 25, you can check out the featurette now for the movie in the player below!
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.
Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place that either can call home.
News of the World is directed by Paul Greengrass (the Bourne films, United 93) from his screenplay co-written with Luke Davis (Lion), based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles.
Hanks, who previously worked with Greengrass on the Oscar-nominated thriller Captain Phillips, produces alongside Gary Goetzman (Mamma Mia! franchise, Greyhound), Gail Mutrux (The Danish Girl, Donnie Brasco), and Gregory Goodman (22 July, 8 Mile). The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt. The film’s music is by eight-time Academy Award nominee James Newton Howard.