Tom Hanks is having a busy year, starring in both Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks, with Oscar buzz surrounding both projects. Well leave it to the Toronto Film Festival to bring news of what’s next for Hanks, as he’s set to star in A Hologram for the King, a film adapted from the Dave Eggers novel. Deadline reports.
Directed by Tom Tykwer, A Hologram for the King follows Alan Clay, a businessman who’s been struggling since the recession and in a last ditch effort to save his home and afford his daughter’s tuition, embarks on a trip to Saudi Arabia, where he hopes to pitch an I.T system he’s created to the Saudi royalty.
In smart observations and a keen understanding of the world market, Dave Eggers manages to hide a rather journalistic story behind that of a man working his ass off to get by. From the New Yorker in an article by Cressida Leyshon:
Through the figure of Alan Clay, Eggers explores the changing realities of the global marketplace and reveals hidden aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fascinating novel, and I realized midway through it that I’ve read far more journalism than fiction about both globalization and Saudi Arabia.
Seeing him play an every day guy who is effected the recession, something that created a ripple effect throughout the entire world, sounds like the perfect project for Hanks. Hanks has a charm and likability about him that draws you in, but never feels too “celebrity” or out of this world. He’s in touch with us, if you will, so seeing him in a role that’s symbolic of all of our struggles is going to be quite effective. Through Hanks’ Alan Clay, we will grow to understand the world much better and how the recession, something many believe really hit hardest in the US, changed the entire economical and political landscape of the entire world.
A Hologram for the King is aiming to start production in early 2014. No other details of the film are known at this time. Dave Eggers, who has also written the screenplays for Where the Wild Things Are and Away We Go, may be adapting his book as well.