A Hologram For The King

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Starring Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, A Hologram For The King follows businessman Alan Clay (Hanks) on a journey halfway around the world, far from his American roots, to a rising Saudi Arabian city.

Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Eggers, Clay is dispatched to pitch a new IT contract to a wealthy King, a project that must be a success for him to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big.



A Hologram For The King will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on May 20 through Icon Film Distribution.

Tom Tykwer’s comedy-drama is a portrait of the transcendent power of love, recounting the journey of a man in a country that requires him to rise to completely unknown challenges – and that answers old questions in new and unexpected ways.

A Hologram For The King reunites Hanks and Tykwer, who previously worked together on Cloud Atlas. The film also stars Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen), Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Tracey Fairaway (Enough Said), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Skerritt (Ted, Top Gun).

The film is produced by Hanks, Uwe Schott (Amour, Cloud Atlas), Stefan Arndt (Amour, Cloud Atlas), Gary Goetzman (The Silence of the Lambs, Mamma Mia!), Arcadiy Golubovich and Tim O’Hair.

A Hologram For The King will be released nationwide on May 20, 2016

Dave Eggers’ novel of the same name is available now from Penguin Random House.


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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.

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