Cultures collide when an American businessman (Tom Hanks) is sent to Saudi Arabia. There, he hopes to close what he believes 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). Today, we have the first trailer and poster for A Hologram for the King, the latest film from director Tom Tykwer.
A Hologram for the King was written by Tom Tykwer, based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dave Eggers. The film is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2016, by Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions and Saban Films. Production commenced on March 6, 2014 in Morocco, with filming also be taking place in Hurghada in Egypt, as well as in Berlin and Potsdam in Germany. The crew wrapped shooting in June of last summer.
Tom Tykwer is best known for his 1998 thriller Run Lola Run. He first teamed up with Tom Hanks for the fantasy thriller Cloud Atlas, which he co-directed alongside Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. He also collaborated with the Wachowski Starship on the hit Netflix drama Sense8.
In A Hologram for the King, Tom Hanks plays Alan Clay, whose journey sheds light on the changing realities of the global marketplace and reveals hidden aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. He's traveled to the country in an attempt to revive his flagging career. About setting the story in Saudi Arabia, author Dave Eggers had this to say to The New Yorker.
"It started with thinking about this businessman, Alan Clay. He'd been kicking around in my head for a couple years-his state of mind, his background, his place in the economy and in his life. He was a salesman, and was then in manufacturing, and like so many in that line of work, his place now is unclear, his expertise superfluous. I always knew the book would find him adrift, but when I heard about the King Abdullah Economic City, it seemed inevitable that Alan would be there, not exactly knowing why, but waiting for the king to determine his fate."
A Hologram for the King arrives in American theaters starting April 22. It marks a big year for star Tom Hanks. He will also be seen in The Circle starring opposite Emma Watson and John Boyega, which doesn't have a release date yet. He also stars in Sully, a biopic on Captain "Sully" Sullenberger that recounts The Miracle on the Hudson. And in October, he will reprise his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno. But first, take a look at America's most beloved actor in this sneak peek at A Hologram for the King.