Tom Hanks has worn a lot of hats, particularly in the form of portraying cinematic captains and leaders. From Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Captain Phillips to this week’s opener Sully, the two-time Oscar winning actor and “modern-day Jimmy Stewart” has showcased a credible knack for portraying leadership on screen. This looks to continue as Hanks may be next leaning towards a starring role in the World War II drama Greyhound, where he would portray a commander of a Navy destroyer who “fights his self doubts and personal demons to prove he belongs.” Deadline was the first to report this story.
Greyhound appears close to vest for Hanks as, reportedly, the actor penned the screenplay for film as well. He isn’t attached to direct as those honors appear to belong to Aaron Schneider, director of 2010 Robert Duvall indie Get Low; film buffs are acutely aware that Hanks previously directed the warmly remembered 1996 film That Thing You Do and the 2011 comedy Larry Crowne, which isn’t particularly warmly remembered. FilmNation looks to be financing the picture with Hanks’ Playtone shingle producing.
In the meantime, Hanks can be seen on screen in Clint Eastwood’s Sully. The film, which made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival last weekend, has been generating warm reviews and is expected to a strong box office performer with estimates showing it will open to about $30 million. Hanks has one more film on his slate for the year in the form of Inferno, the third screen outing for his The Da Vinci Code character Robert Langdon. He also has James Ponstadt’s thriller The Circle in the can.
It appears that no start date has been established yet for Greyhound. We will stay tuned to the latest developments.