Tom Hanks is set to take moviegoers back to World War II and this time he’s portraying the commander of a U.S. Navy crew being hunted by German U-Boats in the North Atlantic.
The trailer for “Greyhound,” which released Thursday, features Hanks as both the screenwriter and star for this latest World War II film. Watch the trailer below:
In his latest film, Hanks plays Cmdr. Ernest Krause, the leader of an American naval convoy crossing the Atlantic to join the war effort in the European theater.
“Greyhound” seems to be closely based on the 1955 novel “The Good Shepherd” by C.S. Forester. The novel tells the story of Cmdr. Krause who, after a career in the Navy, has been appointed to his first wartime post in 1942 as the U.S. joined the war effort. The relative inexperience of Hanks’ character is shown in the trailer when he admits this is his first crossing, in a comment that stirs some noticeable nervous reactions from his crew.
Adding to the tension, the American ship convoy is set to embark on a five-day stretch of the Atlantic Crossing without the benefit of air support. The trailer takes another turn as a ship’s sonar picks up the first signs of a German U-Boat “wolf pack” and casualties to the convoy quickly start piling on.
The trailer looks to show some intense battle sequences as the American naval convoy fights back U-boats with guns blazing and depth charges blasting. The movie also looks full of suspenseful moments like when a German U-Boat captain radios Hanks with a veiled threat, “Good luck surviving the night” or when an American ship takes a glancing blow from a torpedo, narrowly maneuvering to prevent the warhead from detonating.
World War II has been a popular topic among Hanks’ film work since he took on one of the leading roles in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan.” He has also directed two HBO miniseries’ dramas set during the war, “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”
“Greyhound” is slated for a June 12, 2020 theatrical release date.