Between “Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific,” and “Saving Private Ryan,” Tom Hanks is synonymous with World War II on screen. Acclaim and awards have followed in all of these cases. Now, Hanks is returning once again to the battlefield for a baity war film. “Greyhound” has been brewing for a bit as an upcoming project of his, but things have gotten a bit more real now. Not only is it currently filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it has now landed on the Sony schedule. Don’t expect it to be a late breaking 2018 contender though, as this is not hitting until next year.
Variety is reporting that Sony has a April 5, 2019 release date set for the movie. Written by Hanks, “Greyhound” sees him as a Navy ship commander right as the war is beginning. Directed by Aaron Schneider (finally making his sophomore feature after “Get Low“), joining Hanks in the case are the likes of Elisabeth Shue, Karl Glusman, Stephen Graham, and Rob Morgan. Hanks’ script is based on the C.S. Forester novel “The Good Shepherd” and marks his first big screen writing credit since “Larry Crowne,” which he had also directed. Suffice to say, Hanks must believe quite a bit in this story.
This is a bit about the plot, from the same article announcing the release date:
The film is set in the early days of World War II as an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Hanks’ Capt. Ernest Krause, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats.
“Greyhound” sounds like it could be another Oscar contender for Hanks. The early April release date is a little odd, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Maybe it’s more of a commercial vehicle? Or, perhaps it’s a placeholder date before being moved to a more awards friendly spot? Time will tell. Either way, when we know more about the film, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.