Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass (Bourne franchise, United 93, Captain Phillips) have teamed back up for a western! It’s titled News of the World, and the story is based on the 2016 novel by Paulette Jiles and is set in 1870 in a region reeling from endless conflict and Hanks takes on the role of Captain Jefferson Kidd.
I love that Hanks has made a western, and it looks like it tells a wonderful and unique old west story. It follows Captain Jefferson Kidd as he finds himself on a journey to escort a young girl back to her surviving family members. I loved this new trailer, and I can’t wait to see this movie!
Here are is the detailed plot summary:
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), 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.
Greengrass talked about the film in an interview that we recently shared along with some photos, and you can read more about the film here.
News of the World was written by Luke Davies (Lion), and it will be released in theaters on December 25th. Enjoy the new trailer!