Icon Takes U.K. Rights to Tom Hanks' 'A Hologram for the King'

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Based on the 2012 book by Dave Eggers, the comedy drama recently wrapped up shooting at Egypt's Red Sea and is due for release next year.

LONDON – U.K. distributor Icon said Friday that it had picked up the local rights to the Tom Hanks-starring comedy drama A Hologram for the King.

Directed by Tom Tykwer and adapted from the 2012 book by Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King follows the story of a struggling U.S. businessman who journeys to Saudi Arabia to try to secure an IT contract in a last-ditch attempt to save his career.

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Shooting on the film, which also stars Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway, David Menkin and Tom Skerritt, recently wrapped after two days of filming at Egypt’s Red Sea, with other scenes shot in Morocco, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Icon Film Distribution’s acquisition of this film as we continue to build a slate of quality and scale,” said Icon’s executive chairman and COO Norman Humphrey. “Hologram for The King is a compelling and original story brought to the screen by world class film-makers."

He added: "The acquisition reflects a confidence that the reinvigorated Icon is quickly re-establishing itself as one of the UK’s leading independent film companies.”

Icon, which includes Paranormal Activity, Drive and What Women Want among its library of more than 200 films, is next due to release psychological thriller The Guest, starring Dan Stevens formerly of Downton Abbey, on Sept. 5.

Hologram for the King is due for release in 2015.