Greyhound is an upcoming war film directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, who also serves as screenwriter. The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. It also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. The film follows a US Navy Commander on his first war-time assignment at the midpoint of World War II during the Battle of the Atlantic, as he leads his multi-national escort group in defending a convoy of merchant ships as submarines attack.
- Starring : Tom Hanks / Rob Morgan
- Genre : Drama / War
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Aaron Schneider
- Production : Zhengfu Pictures / BRON Studios / Creative Wealth Media Finance / FilmNation Entertainment / Playtone / Sycamore Pictures
- Distributor : Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) / Stage 6 Films / Sony Pictures Releasing / Apple TV+ / United International Pictures (UIP) / Universal Pictures International (UPI) / Zhengfu Pictures
Greyhound release date
- July 10, 2020 : Australia (internet)
- July 10, 2020 : Canada (internet)
- July 10, 2020 : UK (internet)
- July 10, 2020 : USA (internet, Apple TV+)
- Tom Hanks as Commander Ernest Krause
- Stephen Graham
- Rob Morgan
- Elisabeth Shue
- Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
- Karl Glusman
- Maximilian Osinski as Eagle
- Lee Norris
- Tom Brittney
- Devin Druid as Wallace
- Dave Davis
- Michael Benz as Lt. Carling
- Matthew Zuk as Flusser
- Craig Tate as Pitts
- Grayson Russell as Signalman #1
A portion of principal photography for the film was filmed aboard the USS Kidd, a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer museum ship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kidd is an important local monument and tourist attraction.
The film was scheduled to be released in the United States on June 12, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing. But like many other films, its release was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In May 2020, it was announced Apple TV+ had acquired distribution rights to the film for about $70 million, which is Apple’s biggest investment in a feature film to date. It is scheduled to have its global premiere on July 10, 2020 exclusively on Apple TV+ in more than 100 countries.
During the early days of the United States’ involvement in World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Lieutenant Commander Ernest Krause, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly pursued by wolf packs of German U-boats. The film focuses on Krause, a career officer who was finally given command of a destroyer, USS KEELING (radio code named ‘Greyhound’)’. Unlike the prototypical hero, he must battle his own self-doubts and personal demons to be an effective leader of the defenders.
It was announced in September 2016 that Tom Hanks was writing a screenplay about a World War II Navy destroyer. Hanks would also star in the film. In February 2017, Aaron Schneider was brought on to direct, and Sony Pictures acquired the distribution rights.
Pre-production photography took place in January 2018 at sea on board HMCS Montréal, a frigate of the Royal Canadian Navy. In March 2018, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Rob Morgan, Karl Glusman, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo were cast, and filming had commenced in Louisiana, including aboard the USS Kidd in Baton Rouge.
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