A trailer for Tom Hanks’s latest addition to the World War II film canon dropped this morning, and it’s sure to become the next classic.
Hanks is no stranger to World War II (Band of Brothers, The Pacific, Saving Private Ryan, even A League of Their Own). He’s made something of a name for himself in choosing stories that show the human cost while engaging with the scope of the conflict. Perhaps unusually for Hanks, his latest venture in World War II will take place on the water.
Greyhound tells the story of US Navy Commander Ernest Krause during the Battle of the Atlantic. It’s based on C.S. Forester’s 1955 novel, The Good Shepherd. Although a fictional tale, The Good Shepherd is beloved 65 years after its release for its humanity and thrills alike.
If history is our guide, this adaptation will offer the same strengths with Hanks at its helm. Check out the trailer below.
Greyhound is written by Tom Hanks and directed by Aaron Schneider. It takes the midpoint of Battle of Atlantic as its' subject. The Battle of the Atlantic raged from 1939 to 1945, consisting mostly of an Allied blockade of Nazi Germany. Germany's U-boats and Italy's submarines went up against the Canadian, British, and American navies. Often called the longest naval battle in history, the Battle of the Atlantic was the site of more than 1,000 battles and encounters. It was the most tempestuous arena of World War II and led to the deaths of some 60,000 sailors.
Featured still of 'Greyhound' via Zhengfu Pictures