Tom Hanks will star in the big screen drama A Hologram for the King, set in the Middle East.
Hanks will portray washed-up businessman Alan Clay, who is struggling to reinvent himself. The 54-year-old self-employed consultant, who has suffered a professional failure, travels to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to recoup his losses by selling an idea to a rich monarch. A lot is riding on the deal. It’s an opportunity for Clay to do something great and a last-ditch effort to prevent a foreclosure on his home and pay his daughter’s college tuition.
The movie is an adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name.
The project will be written and directed by German-born filmmaker Tom Tykwer, who previously worked with Hanks when Tykwer served as a co-director of Cloud Atlas.
The cast also features Sarita Choudhury (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1), Omar Elba (TV’s Intelligence), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), and veteran actor Tom Skerritt, whose most recent work includes the drama series Madam Secretary.
A Hologram for the King is in post-production and is expected to hit theaters some time in 2015.