The adaptation of Paulette Jiles' novel "News of the World" comes from screenwriter Luke Davies ("Lion").
Hanks will play a widowed news reader in the the aftermath of the Civil War. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town announcing the news of the day to illiterate locals. Then, he's offered money to take an orphaned 10-year-old girl to her family in San Antonio, 400 miles away. Forming an unlikely friendship, they must face harsh trials and dangerous terrain together.
Greengrass and Hanks collaborated on 2013's "Captain Phillips," the based-on-a-true-story hostage drama that received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
The director's last project was the crime drama "22 July." Hanks can next be heard in "Toy Story 4" this June.