Tom Hanks’ latest film is taking him back in time and out West as the new trailer for the 64-year-old actor’s upcoming film, News of the World, dropped on Tuesday.
Directed by Paul Greengrass and based on a 2016 novel by Paulette Jiles, the film follows Hanks’ Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd as he travels through the frontier to help return a young 10-year-old girl Johanna, played by Helena Zengel, to her biological family after she was taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier and raised as one of their own.
Paul Greengrass has also previously worked with Hanks on 2013’s Captain Phillips.
According to Vanity Fair, Hanks’ character’s goal in the film is to “bring people together and expand their perspective of the world” through his one-man show about true stories from around the world.
Director Greengrass told the publication that when the fabric of society is in tatters, you’ve got a character in Kidd, who in his lonely, singular, small way is a thread who connects one community to another.
He adds of the film, which takes place in 1870: “Even though it’s set then, it’s a film about our times.”
“Neighbors and families and communities were in stark and often violent conflict with each other, and Americans needed to decide who they were as Americans.”