News of the World

In Theaters December 25, 2020

Next Christmas, 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 tribe 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, based on the National Book Award finalist and best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles, is directed by Greengrass (the Bourne films, United 93), who also wrote the script with an earlier draft by Luke Davies (Lion). The film is produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Mamma Mia! franchise, HBO’s Olive Kitteridge) for their company, Playtone Productions, by Gregory Goodman (22 July, 8 Mile) and by Gail Mutrux (The Danish Girl, Donnie Brasco) for her Pretty Pictures. The executive producers are Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt.