Half a decade following the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks) now moves town to town as a non-fiction storyteller. As a veteran of three wars, he's got plenty to share, delivering tales of Presidents and Queens, as well as vicious feuds, tragic events and gripping adventures that have taken place all around the world.

Whilst in the plains of Texas, he crosses paths with a 10-year-old called Johanna (Helena Zengel) who was taken in by the Kiowa people six years earlier, being raised as one of their own. Despite wanting to stay exactly where she is, Captain Kidd agrees to deliver the youngster to her aunt and uncle against her will.

Facing tremendous forces of nature and challenges from other humans that cross their path, the two must forge a relationship and work together if they’re to survive and eventually find a place that they can both call home.

This is the premise of upcoming movie News of the World, from Netflix and Universal Pictures.

The film sees Hanks reunite with Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass, who directs this feature from his screenplay with Luke Davies, based on the best-selling novel by Paulette Jiles.

Gary Goetzman produces, alongside Gail Mutrux and Gregory Goodman, with Steven Shareshian and Tore Schmidt serving as executive producers.

Having already being released in the United States at the end of 2020, News of the World has received a slew of positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances of both Hanks and Zengel. They also noted that the direction, cinematography and score were all top tier.

The National Board of Review even named it as one of the 10 best films of 2020.

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in News of the World / Picture Credit: Universal Pictures/Netflix
Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel in News of the World / Picture Credit: Universal Pictures/Netflix

News of the World is released on Netflix on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021.

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