This Christmas, Universal Pictures will present Tom Hanks starring in “News of the World,” a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass. The two are reuniting for the first time since their 2013 Best Picture nominee “Captain Phillips.”
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a nonfiction 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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