Tom Hanks Film ‘Greyhound’ Shifts Release Date to March 2019

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Most audience members see Tom Hanks as one of the most consistently reliable actors in film. Hanks earned that reputation as a two-time Oscar winner and remains unlikely to deliver below-average performances at this stage in his career. Unfortunately, it has been some time since his last Oscar nomination (for 2000’s “Cast Away”). Still, he has found himself in contention for other performances including “Sully” and “Captain Phillips.” Hank will play a captain in his next film “Greyhound,” though audiences will have to wait a little longer to see the film.

Sony Pictures, in charge of distribution for the film, has moved back the release date from February 8th, 2019 to March 22nd, 2019. This comes on the heels of Sony moving up the date from an April 5th release just last week. It’s an interesting choice because February continues to be seen as a dumping ground for film. By placing the film in March, “Greyhound” could still potentially find traction in the Oscar race, even if it is a long shot. Clearly quality has to be there above all else, but the schizophrenic release dates certainly do not help the movie.

“Greyhound” follows the story of Captain Ernest Krause (Hanks), the Commanding Officer of a Navy destroyer. During the war, the German U-boats were especially deadly for Allied ships. Krause is tasked with getting these ships across the sea to North America. The film is based on the novel “The Good Shepherd,” written by C.S. Forester. The film is directed by Aaron Schneider, who last directed “Get Low” in 2009. Elisabeth Shue, Rob Morgan, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Stephen Graham are all present in the cast as well.

What do you think of the date change? Does this help “Greyhound” stand out in March? Or does it signal that the film is more of a commercial play? Let us hear in the comments below!

“Greyhound” opens in theaters on March 22nd, 2019. Sony will handle distribution of the film.