‘News of the World’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Reunites with ‘Captain Phillips’ Director for Western

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Take a look at the trailer (well… TV spot) that Universal Pictures has released for News of the World, an upcoming western that reunites Tom Hanks with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass.

Based on the 2016 novel of the same name by author Paulette Jiles, News of the World is set five years after the Civil War has ended and follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks, playing another Captain for Greengrass), a war vet and widower who now travels across towns reading the news. His life takes another big turn when he’s tasked with returning a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel), who has been raised by the Kiowa people since the age of four, to her biological aunt and uncle against her will.

It’s the first western for Hanks and for Greengrass, the latter known for his intense ‘you are there’ brand of cinema with films such as Captain Phillips, United 93, Bloody Sunday and the last three Jason Bourne movies. Greengrass worked on the script with Aussie Oscar-nominated scribe Luke Davis, whose credits include Lion, Beautiful Boy and the Catch-22 mini-series.

News of the World is hitting US cinemas this Christmas. As for Australia, the most recent release date we found in Universal AU’s schedule was January 14, 2021 – we’ll update if that’s changed since.

Official synopsis for News of the World:

This Christmas, Universal Pictures is proud to present Tom Hanks starring in News of the World, a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a widower and 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 Greengrass (the Bourne films, United 93) from his screenplay with Luke Davies (Lion), based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles. The film is produced by 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.

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