Universal Pictures has debuted the first trailer and a poster for Paul Greengrass’ upcoming adaptation of Paulette Jiles’ best-selling novel News of the World which sees his Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks playing Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a travelling news storyteller in the post-Civil War Old West who agrees to return a young girl (Helena Zengel) to her biological family after she is rescued – against her will – from a native tribe.
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks), a 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 people 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 is currently scheduled for release on Christmas Day in the U.S. and on January 1st 2021 in the UK.