Tom Hanks reunites with Paul Greengrass in trailer for 'News of the World'

Tom Beasley
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Watch: Trailer for Tom Hanks movie News of the World

Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass are together again in the new trailer for Western drama News of the World.

Greengrass and Hanks previously joined forces for the harrowing 2013 thriller Captain Phillips, in which Hanks plays the title character who is taken hostage by Somalian pirates.

The film was nominated for six Oscars, while pirate actor Barkhad Abdi won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

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In the new movie, Hanks plays travelling storyteller Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd — a widower and veteran of three wars.

Tom Hanks in the trailer for 'News of the World'. (Credit: Universal)
Tom Hanks in the trailer for 'News of the World'. (Credit: Universal)

While in Texas he comes across 10-year-old Johanna — played by System Crasher actor Helena Zengel — who was taken in by the Native American 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, and Kidd agrees to chaperone her on this journey.

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The screenplay was co-written with Lion’s Luke Davies and based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles.

The movie was shot last year in New Mexico and seems likely to be an awards season contender.

Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass pose in the green room at the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on February 7, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass pose in the green room at the 64th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on February 7, 2014. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were among the first celebrities to go public with their coronavirus diagnoses earlier this year.

He subsequently told NBC’s Today programme he felt “rotten” while he had the virus and he has spoken out in favour of people wearing masks and adhering to social distancing rules.

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One of his next roles is as Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker in a movie directed by Baz Luhrmann, with relative unknown Austin Butler as the music icon.

News of the World has set a Christmas 2020 release in the USA and is due to be released in the UK in 2021, but does not yet have a confirmed date.

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