Tom Hanks new movie could be skipping UK cinemas for Netflix release

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Photo credit: Universal
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A new international release schedule is being discussed for Tom Hanks upcoming western drama News of the World.

Universal will still give the film a theatrical release in the US with plans for it to be released in cinemas on Christmas Day (December 25).

According to Deadline, Netflix is in the process of securing the international distribution rights for the film.

An international release date for the new Netflix deal is yet to be confirmed - the initial cinema release date for the UK was January 1, 2021 - it is unclear whether this release date will still go ahead.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

News of the World will still be eligible for BAFTAs abroad under the Netflix release - the unique distribution opportunity comes as the film industry tries to find ways of sharing content during the pandemic.

The film is directed by Paul Greengrass, who previously worked with Hanks in 2013 on the Oscar-nominated drama, Captain Phillips.

Based on a book by Paulette Jiles, News of the World looks at the life of Civil War veteran, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks).

While on his travels, he meets a 10-year-old girl named Johanna (Helena Zengel) - who was taken from her family by the Kiowa people many years ago - together they try to find a way to get Johanna home to her birth family, unaware of the challenges that they face ahead.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

This is a new role for Hanks, as he stars in his first western, he said: "I love listening to a great story as much as I like telling one, and that's why I was so excited about playing Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd.

"He is a storyteller, he is driven, emotional, he is noble, and he is moved by the pursuit of the truth. Kidd wanted to communicate an authentic worldview to his audiences because he knew that, along with education and entertainment, the powers of enlightenment could be exchanged in the news readings that he gave."

News of the World will be released on December 25 in the US, while a new international release date is yet to be announced.

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