Saturday, 15 October 2016

Tom Hanks set for World War II drama Greyhound

People clearly like to watch Tom Hanks in command of things. Captain Phillips (2013) did well and now Clint Eastwood's (American Sniper) true life plane drama Sully is proving to be a success at the American box office. Combine that with World War II, and the producers are no doubt hoping for a winner. News arrives via Deadline that Hanks has written and may star in wartime naval drama Greyhound.

According to Deadline, Hanks is also hoping to star in the film, though given that he is also producing it through his Playtone company, we would imagine he will probably get his shot.

Director Aaron Schneider (Get Low) is attached to make this one, which follows a career officer handed command of a Navy destroyer (the vessel of the title), but who will have to fight his own self doubt and personal demons to prove that he belongs in the captain's chair. The movie is still coming together, so it could be a while before it sails, but given the talent involved, we doubt it will have too much trouble rustling up interest, especially given Hanks' fresh success with audiences.

Hanks is currently back on our screens as Professor Robert Langdon in the Ron Howard's third Dan Brown adaptation Inferno. Sully, meanwhile, will arrive in UK cinemas 2 December.

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