Hopefully by Christmas more movie theaters will be open so that we can see such films as Universal Pictures’ News of the World. The movie re-team Director Paul Greengrass and actor Tom Hanks in a new story. (The two worked together for the 2013 Best Picture nominee, Captain Phillips).
Based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles with a screenplay written by Greengrass, News of the World take place five years after the end of the Civil War. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a 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. Sort of a pre-Walter Cronkite.
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.
Hanks talks more about the film in the short feature below.
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