Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tom Hanks will star in screen adaptation of A Hologram for the King

GADS! What a crappy cover!
Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer are reteaming to turn the Dave Eggers novel A Hologram For The King into a feature film. Hanks will star as a struggling businessman who moves to Saudi Arabia to try to head off financial ruin, save his home from foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition and do something meaningful in the process. Twyker who co-directed Cloud Atlas with the Wachowski sibs,will direct; he's already written the screen adaption of the book which was a National Book Award finalist in 2012. 
Hanks is currently starring on Broadway in the late Nora Ephron's play Lucky Guy. He was nominated but didn't win the TONY for playing crime reporter Mike McAlary. Hanks also plays the title role in Captain Phillips based on the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea" - you can see why they changed the title - which comes out October 11.    
Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney in
Saving Mr. Banks 
Watch for him as  Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. That's the movie about the making of Mary Poppins, Emma Thompson plays Poppins author PJ Travers who after finally giving in to Disney travels to Hollywood to watch the movie being filmed. She did NOT approve of the end results especially the mixing of live action and animation elements. Clearly she was a purist. The top tier cast includes Collin Ferrell, Paul Giamatti, Kathy Baker, Bradley Whitford, BJ Novak and Jason Schwartzman.  Saving Mr.Banks comes out on December 20th, just in time for Oscar consideration. 

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