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Tom Hanks’ Civil War drama 'News of the World' set for 2020 release

Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the pic through their Playtone Productions, along with Gail Mutrux through her Pretty Pictures.

Published: 27th September 2019 06:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th September 2019 11:43 AM   |  A+A-

Oscar awardee Tom Hanks. (File | Associated Press)

By Express News Service

The Tom Hanks-starrer News of the World is set to bow Dec. 25, 2020, Universal announced Wednesday.

Paul Greengrass—who worked with Hanks on Captain Phillips (2013)—is directing the adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ 2016 novel of the same name, which is set in the aftermath of the Civil War.

The story follows Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars who moves from town to town sharing the headlines of the day and crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel), who was taken in by the Kiowa tribe six years earlier and raised as one of their own. The girl is being returned to her biological aunt against her will, and Kidd agrees to deliver her across thousands of miles of unforgiving wilderness.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the pic through their Playtone Productions, along with Gail Mutrux through her Pretty Pictures.

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