The trailer for Tom Hanks’ latest movie is here, and it looks like what you get if you mixed Captain Phillips with Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The movie’s called Greyhound and it’s about boats, submarines, and the second World War. It’s also written by and stars Tom Hanks. In other words, it might be the most dadcore movie ever made.
Greyhound — which is, like all great dad-movies, inspired by a actual events — follows captain Ernest Krause, played by Tom Hanks, on his first day in command of a U.S. destroyer in the early days of World War II. While the boat is on patrol, it’s ambushed by a pack of Nazi U-boats. From there, all naval-hell breaks loose, waves crash into boats, torpedoes are fired, and Tom Hanks makes that worried-but-brave face that he’s so good at.
This isn’t the first time Hanks has written a movie he’s starred in, but it’s been a while. The last time was 2011’s Larry Crowne, a misbegotten romcom which Hanks also directed, but it looks like he’s giving himself a little bit more to do here. In fact, it sort of looks like he was jealous of Kenneth Branagh’s scene-chewing Commander in Dunkirk, and decided to give himself a whole movie to play that part, which honestly sounds great.
It’s also worth noting that this is Hanks’ first return to World War II since 1998’s Saving Private Ryan — unless you count his narration in the mini-series The Pacific, which we do not.
Speaking of Dunkirk, Greyhound seems to be the latest in a string of movies about naval operations in the second World War. After Dunkirk’s immense box office success in 2017, there was last year’s Midway, a fine-enough movie that almost no one under the age of 50 saw, but still managed to make almost $60 million at the domestic box office.
With war movies finding that kind of success, Hanks throwing himself into the mix should be box office catnip for dads who want to go to the movies this summer. Greyhound is set to make it to theaters later this year on June 12.