Tom Hanks Discusses New Western NEWS OF THE WORLD (VIDEO)

Tom Hanks talks character and story in this new Universal featurette for NEWS OF THE WORLD. The Western opens in theaters this Christmas.

While most big Oscar season hopefuls have fled from theaters entirely for 2020, Universal Pictures continues to double-down on its commitment to a Christmas Day release for News of the World, the new Western that reunites the Captain Phillips actor / director collaboration of Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass.

This latest promo is the studio’s first featurette for the post-Civil War story.

In it, Hanks discusses the role of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd — a traveling news reporter and widower who rescues an abandoned white girl that only speaks a Native American language — and the story’s themes.

The child is played by German newcomer Helena Zengel, who looks potentially Oscar-worthy in her own right next to the two-time Academy Award winner.

Barring a pandemic-forced about-face, News of the World opens exclusively in theaters on December 25, 2020.

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