Directed by Paul Greengrass, the Western drama centers on the cross-country journey of Hanks’ Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a widower and nonfiction storyteller who offers up stories to strangers as he travels around Texas.
The dusty and determined Civil War veteran’s routine is suddenly interrupted by a young girl named Johanna (Helena Zengel), who has been separated from her family for years by the war and lived with an indigenous tribe. Tasked with returning her to her surviving family, the Captain and Johanna begin a Western journey that sees them both attempt to find the meaning of home.
“The stories on these papers can’t get us home,” Hanks’ Jefferson tells Johanna. “It’s hard finding your way.”
Along the way, the two are met with a number of obstacles on their long journey on a horse-drawn buggy, including language barriers, lawless men and dust storms.
Based on the 2016 novel of the same name written by Paulette Jiles, News of the World is co-written by Greengrass and Luke Davies and also stars Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham, Michael Covino, Neil Sandilands, Chukwudi Iwuji, Thomas Francis Murphy and Christopher Hagen. The film is slated to hit theaters Dec. 25.