Elisabeth Shue joins Tom Hanks in WWII Drama ‘Greyhound’

Based on the C.S. Forester novel "The Good Shepherd"

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Sony Pictures has started production on “Greyhound,” a WWII dramatic-thriller starring Tom Hanks. Not only is Hanks starring in the project, he also wrote the screenplay for the film. The story is based on the C.S. Forester novel “The Good Shepherd.” Tom Hanks most recently starred alongside Meryl Streep in the Steven Spielberg directed film “The Post”.

Aaron Schneider will be directing Tom Hanks in the project, which will also star Elisabeth Shue, Rob Morgan, and Stephen Graham. As for the story, the film takes place in the early days of WWII, as an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by captain Ernest Krause (Hanks) in his first command of a U.S. destroyer, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while hotly pursued by wolf packs of Nazi U-boats. Aaron Schneider also directed the film “Get Low” back in 2009, that film featured Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek.

The film is being produced by Playtone’s Gary Goetzman and Hanks. FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder, Playtone’s Steven Shareshian, and David Coatsworth serve as Executive Producers. FilmNation sold worldwide rights to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), which is financing in association with Bron Creative, Sycamore Pictures, and Zhengfu Pictures.

Sony’s Steve Bersch said, “All of us at Sony are thrilled to join Playtone and FilmNation aboard the Greyhound. Tom Hanks has crafted a unique and compelling look at life aboard a destroyer in the early, uncertain days of WWII and we look forward to helping bring this story to the world.”

Hanks has quite a few projects in the works, including the role of TV icon MR. Rodgers in the film “You Are My Friend“. Hanks is also expected to return to the “Toy Story” franchise to voice Woody in “Toy Story 4”.

Sony Pictures stopped short of announcing a release date for the film, but more information will be released as the film moves further along into production.