Universal Pictures has released a trailer for the Oscar-winning actor’s first western.
After lending his voice to the animated cowboy Woody in four Toy Story movies, Tom Hanks is saddling up for his first live-action western role in News of the World, a period drama that reunites the two-time Oscar-winner with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass.
What’s it all about? According to Universal Pictures:
“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.”
Based on the novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles, News of the World is slated for a Dec. 25 release. Here is the first trailer for the film.