Tom Hanks to Star in ‘A Hologram for the King’ for ‘Cloud Atlas’ Co-Director Tom Tykwer

By June 12, 2013

It’s a tale of two Toms: Deadline is reporting that Tom Tykwer (who co-directed last year’s ambitious Cloud Atlas with the Wachowski siblings) and Tom Hanks (who played multiple roles in that film) are reuniting to work on a film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book, A Hologram for the King.

According to the trade, the story centers on “a struggling businessman who, after failing in America, heads to a rising Saudi Arabian city for a last ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and do something memorable.” Hanks will play the lead role, and even though the group doesn’t have financing or a studio attached yet, I can’t imagine it’ll take too long to pull together with a crew of this pedigree. I haven’t read Eggers’ book, but this project sounds like it could be Hanks’ version of Eat Pray Love, which his Larry Crowne co-star Julia Roberts led to a box office take of over $200 million worldwide in 2010.

Eggers has co-written the screenplays for Away We Go and Where The Wild Things Are, as well as creating the concept for Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land, but he won’t be adapting the screenplay for his own novel; Tykwer will be taking those duties. Hanks could use a hit after Cloud Atlas underperformed, and this should be an interesting change of pace for Tykwer, who is best known for directing the propulsive German thriller Run Lola Run.

Anyone familiar with the book? Sound like a good fit for the two Toms? Let us know in the comments.

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