‘News Of The World’: Everything We Know So Far

‘News Of The World’: Everything We Know So Far

The upcoming Netflix Original adventure-drama stars Tom Hanks in the lead role.

News of the World starring Tom Hanks is coming to Netflix soon! Set five years after the Civil War, Hanks plays veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd in News of the World. The two-time Oscar winner will be starring in his first Netflix Original. The adventure-drama is directed and written by Paul Greengrass and originally based on the novel of the same name by author Paulette Jiles, reports What's On Netflix.

The film was previously released in late 2020 where it received a limited theatrical release but now viewers can catch it on Netflix. 

When Will 'News of the World' Release On Netflix? 

Now that the trailer has dropped for the film, it has been confirmed to release on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021. Fans of the old-fashioned, Western-type genre of films might find this one interesting.


'News of the World' Plot: What Is It All About?

American Civil War veteran Captain Kidd agrees to deliver a girl, Johana, to her aunt and uncle (against her will). As the pair embark on an adventure along the dangerous landscape of Texas, Kidd finds himself trying to teach the young girl the English language. Johana (played by newcomer Helena Zengel) was raised by a tribe of Native Americans. Johana in turn shares a bit of her own heritage and tries to teach Kidd the language of the Kiowa tribe, reports PEOPLE. The title of the film sheds light on the grizzled veteran who travels across towns entertaining crowds by reading and summarizing newspaper articles that deliver stories from around the globe.


Even though the film is set in 1870, director Paul Greengrass (who also directed Captain Phillips and is known for adding social and political commentary into his films), told Vanity Fair that "it’s a film about our times. Neighbors and families and communities were in stark and often violent conflict with each other, and Americans needed to decide who they were as Americans." He also said that Kidd's goal in the film is to "bring people together and expand their perspective of the world. When the fabric of society is in tatters, you’ve got a character in Kidd, who in his lonely, singular, small way is a thread who connects one community to another.”


Who Will Be In The Cast Of 'News of the World'?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in News of the World:

Captain Kidd played by Tom Hanks
Johanna played by Helena Zengel
Almay played by Michael Covino
John Calley played by Fred Hechinger
Wilhelm Leonberger played by Neil Sandilands
Merritt Farley played by Thomas Francis Murphy
Jane played by Mare Winningham
Ella Gannett played by Elizabeth Marvel
Charles Edgefield played byChukwudi Iwuji
Christopher John Kidd played by Ray McKinnon
Willie Branholme played by Bill Camp

Watch the trailer below:


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