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Tom Hanks’ World War II drama Greyhound will no longer have a theatrical run.
The naval drama was originally set to be unveiled in cinemas by Sony Pictures in June, but it was removed from the slate and left without a release date when Sony officials did a major reshuffle of their calendar due to coronavirus pandemic, which has caused the closure of movie theatres.
Many expected the movie to be released in cinemas at a later date, but in a surprising turn of events, it was announced by Deadline on Tuesday that the distribution rights to the film have been sold to Apple TV+, with bosses to debut it on their streaming service.
According to Deadline, the film was quietly shopped around and was involved in a bidding war between the big streaming services, with the report suggesting the deal closed in the range of $70 million (£57 million).
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Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is not only a celebrated actor but is also known for his work as a writer, producer and director. In a career spanning four decades, he has delivered incredible performances in many popular and critically acclaimed films such as “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Forrest Gump” (1994). We take a look at some highlights from his life and career.
He was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, U.S. His father Amos Mefford Hanks was an itinerant cook and mother Janet Marylyn worked in a hospital.
Hanks was raised by his father after his parents separated in 1960. He went to Skyline High School, Oakland, and later attended Chabot College in Hayward, California. However, he decided to pursue a career in acting and switched to California State University, Sacramento to study theater.
While studying acting, he became an intern at the Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., in 1977. He soon quit college to focus on the internship where he learned important aspects of theater production, such as lighting, set design and stage management.
In 1978, his performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s play “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” earned him the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor. The same year, he married American actress Samantha Lewes, with whom he has two children – son Colin and daughter Elizabeth. The couple divorced in 1987.
A year later, the actor moved to New York City and landed a small role in a horror film – “He Knows You’re Alone” (1980, pictured).
From 1980-82, he featured in the TV sitcom “Bosom Buddies” (pictured). During his time on the show, Hanks also made cameos on the TV series “Happy Days” (1982) and had a starring role in the TV movie “Mazes and Monsters” (1982).
Over the next few years, Hanks appeared in films such as “Bachelor Party” (1984), “The Money Pit” (1986) and “Dragnet” (1987). His performance in Penny Marshall’s fantasy comedy “Big” (1988, pictured) earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Hanks married for the second time in 1988 to actress Rita Wilson. The couple have two sons – Chester and Truman.
In 1993, Hanks achieved further fame with two of the biggest hits of his career – romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle” and drama “Philadelphia.” In the former, he played a lonely widower, whose eight-year-old son calls a late-night radio talk show to find a life companion for his father. In the latter, he played a successful gay lawyer who is ousted from his prestigious law firm when his status as an AIDS patient becomes public. For his performance in “Philadelphia,” he won his first Oscar for Best Actor.
In the 1994 film “Forrest Gump,” Hanks played a slow-witted, athletically prodigious man named Forrest Gump, who unintentionally becomes involved in some of the key moments of the 20th century, including the Vietnam War. He received another Oscar for Best Actor for his performance.
Next came the popular animated film “Toy Story” (1995, pictured), in which Hanks lent his voice to Woody, an old wooden cowboy toy and the central character of the movie. He went on to voice the character for various shorts and the sequels – “Toy Story 2” (1999), “Toy Story 3” (2010) and “Toy Story 4” (2019).
In 1996, Hanks made his debut as a feature film director with “That Thing You Do!” (pictured on set), which he also wrote and starred in alongside Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron and Tom Everett Scott. Some of his other projects as a director include an episode of the TV mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon” (1998), an episode of “Band of Brothers” (2001) and the film “Larry Crowne” (2011).
Hanks received another Oscar nomination when he worked with Steven Spielberg on the war saga “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). He played Captain John H. Miller, who leads a life-threatening mission to go behind enemy lines during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II to retrieve a paratrooper.
The same year, he featured alongside Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” Hanks played the owner of a bookstore chain who unknowingly falls in love with his business rival over the internet.
In 2000, the actor delivered a brilliant performance and earned an Oscar nod and a Golden Globes win for the survival drama “Cast Away,” which he also co-produced. The film shows how a FedEx employee survives after being washed ashore on a deserted island in the Pacific following a plane crash.
Over the next few years, the actor appeared in a number of films and TV series such as “Band of Brothers” (2001), “Catch Me If You Can” (2002, pictured) and “The Ladykillers” (2004).
In 2004, he teamed up with Spielberg again when he starred in “The Terminal” (pictured). Hanks played an eastern European immigrant who gets stranded at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when his country’s government collapses. The same year, he also voiced multiple characters in the hit holiday movie “The Polar Express.”
In the 2006 film “The Da Vinci Code” (pictured), based on Dan Brown’s bestselling thriller novel, Hanks portrayed the character of Robert Langdon, an expert on religious symbology, as he goes on a whirlwind journey through France and England in search of the Holy Grail. He reprised the character for “Angles & Demons” (2009) and “Inferno” (2016).
In 2008, Hanks co-produced the comedy-drama film “The Great Buck Howard” (pictured), in which he appeared as the on-screen father of a young man played by his real-life son Colin Hanks. The same year, he executive produced the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” and the TV mini-series “John Adams.”
Hanks was then seen in films such as “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Captain Phillips” (2013) and the Oscar-nominated “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013, pictured). He also executive produced the 2012 Golden Globe and Emmy-winning TV movie “Game Change.”
He also made his Broadway debut in 2013 in Nora Ephron’s final work “Lucky Guy” (pictured). He won a Theater World Award and a Tony nomination for playing Pulitzer-winning journalist Mike McAlary.
In 2014, Hanks released a short story “Alan Bean Plus Four” in the October issue of The New Yorker magazine. A year later, he danced along with singer Carly Rae Jepsen for her music video of “I Really Like You” (pictured).
He then collaborated with Spielberg on the historical drama “Bridge of Spies” (2015). Hanks played American lawyer James B. Donovan, recruited by the CIA during Cold War.
In 2016, the actor worked in three films – as a depressed salesman in the comedy-drama “A Hologram for the King,” as pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in AFI Awards Movie of the Year “Sully” (pictured) and as an amnesia-hit symbologist in “Inferno.”
The actor played Eamon Bailey, head and co-founder of a powerful Internet corporation, in 2017’s “The Circle.”
Another Spielberg directorial, “The Post” (2017) saw him being cast as a hard-driving editor at The Washington Post alongside Meryl Streep, who plays the newspaper’s first female publisher. The movie got an Oscar nod for Best Motion Picture.
An active humanitarian, environmentalist and a supporter of same-sex marriage, Hanks has donated to many campaigns of the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. He initially wanted to become an astronaut, which is why he is also a passionate supporter of NASA’s manned space program.
Over the years, he has been honored with several accolades such as Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2004, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2014, a French Legion of Honor in 2016 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom from then-U.S. President Barack Obama (pictured) in 2016.
The acclaimed actor published his collection of short stories “Uncommon Type: Some Stories” in October 2017. Each story is based on Hank’s passion for typewriters. In a statement, he said: “In the two years of working on the stories, I made movies in New York, Berlin, Budapest, and Atlanta and wrote in all of them. I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home, and in the office. When I could actually make a schedule, and keep to it, I wrote in the mornings from nine to one.”
From June 5 to July 1, 2018, he starred in a stage production of William Shakespeare’s play “Henry IV” as Sir John Falstaff, a comedic character. The show was limited to 24 performances and staged at the Japanese Garden in Los Angeles, California, U.S.
In 2019, Hanks portrayed celebrated TV personality Fred Rogers in the biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” It earned him a Golden Globe nod for best supporting actor.
(Pictured) Hanks with the film’s stars (L-R) Susan Kelechi Watson, director Marielle Heller, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper during a photo call.
In January 2020, Hanks was honored with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
His future works include “Greyhound,” “BIOS” and “A Man Called Ove.”
Greyhound will mark the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+, which is less than a year old. It suggests that it is set to become a major player in film acquisition to boost its movie offering, which currently only consists of two narrative projects – Hala and The Banker – and two documentaries – The Elephant Queen and Beastie Boys Story.
Hanks wrote the screenplay for Greyhound. He plays Ernest Krause, a U.S. Navy Commander on his first wartime assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early 1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.
Apple has not set a release date yet, but the film will reportedly premiere in more than 100 countries.