‘News of the World’ Trailer Has Tom Hanks Protecting a Child in the Wild West

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Following the short-but-enticing TV spot released earlier this month, Universal Pictures has dropped the full-length official trailer for Tom Hanks-starring western, News of the World.

The film is based on the 2016 novel by author Paulette Jiles and has Hanks playing Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a war vet and widower who, five years after the Civil War, travels across the US reading the news. When he comes across a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) alone and disoriented after being taken in and raised by the Kiowa people since the age of four, he finds himself on a journey to return this child where the law says she belongs.

News of the World reunites Hanks with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass; the two in very different territory this time with their first western. It looks like a sweet, nicely produced picture, with some solid behind-the-scenes talent that includes Aussie Oscar-nominated screenwriter Luke Davis (Lion, Beautiful Boy), cinematographer Dariusz Wolski (Prometheus, The Martian), Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (Argo), and eight-time Oscar nominated composer James Newton Howard (Blood Diamond, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).

The film will be hitting US cinemas on Christmas Day and arrives in Australian cinemas on January 14th.

Official synopsis for News of the World:

Universal Pictures is proud to present Tom Hanks starring in News of the World, a moving story written and directed by Paul Greengrass, reuniting for the first time with his star from their 2013 Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.


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, 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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