First Trailer for A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING Starring Tom Hanks

I feel like I've been hearing about director Tom Tykwer's adaptation of Dave Eggers' 2012 National Book Award finalist, A Hologram for the King, for forever now and had convinced myself that it would likely appear somewhere on VOD with zero to no presence in the theatrical realm. If you think that odd for a film starring America's favorite movie star, this is the world we live in now, folks. Fortunately, today has brought us a barrage of trailers and included among them is this first look at Hanks' re-teaming with Tykwer. This collaboration is the main reason I'm excited for the film never mind the fact it is a Tom Hanks movie and I generally expect anything he does to be half decent, but this collaboration is indeed the highlight due to the fact the two previously worked together on Cloud Atlas. The Wachowski's teamed up with Tykwer to bring us the very experimental and very out there adaptation of David Mitchell's novel almost four years ago now and while many left the theater bewildered by the film with it hardly making a dent in its $130 million budget throughout the course of its theatrical release I found it to easily be one of the best of that year and a film I think will come to be more revered as time goes on. And so, to have produced such a fine work before I expect something just as ambitious this time around. While it is clear Hologram's story is a bit more conventional I have plenty of faith in Tykwer's creativity (he also made Run Lola Run) and Hanks' skill that this new feature might hold something just as special if not as substantial as Atlas. A Hologram for the King also stars Ben Whishaw, Tom Skerritt, Sarita Choudhury, and opens on April 22, 2016.



Synopsis: Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. Baffled by local customs and stymied by an opaque bureaucracy, he eventually finds his footing with the help of a wise-cracking taxi driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury).