“Finch,” the latest film from Tom Hanks, premieres on Apple TV+ today, Friday, November 5, 2021.
Finch is a sci-fi film about a robot who learns what it means to be human. Hanks stars in the title role as Finch, a robotics engineer who builds a robot as his companion in a post-apocalyptic world.
Finch was planned for an October 2020 theatrical release but was delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film, originally titled BIOS, was retitled Finch and sold to Apple TV+ for a November 5 release.
Below is a trailer from Apple TV+.
The film comes from cutting-edge filmmaker Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones,” “True Detective”), with an original screenplay by Craig Luck and Ivor Powell (associate producer of “Blade Runner” and “Alien”). Starring alongside Hanks is Screen Actors Guild Award winner Caleb Landry Jones.
In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot, played by Jones, to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humor, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.
Recent Tom Hanks Films
Hanks starred in two major films in 2020-2021, News of the World and Greyhound, both of which are available for streaming.
News of the World
Hanks stars in News of the World, released in December 2020 and now available on HBO Max or for rental from Amazon Prime. Hanks portrays a grizzled Civil War veteran who makes his living by reading newspapers to audiences in the old West. He’s called on to escort a young girl, who had been held by Native Americans, to a new home. A preview from Universal Pictures is below.
Hanks stars as a US Navy Commander in Greyhound, a World War II film released in 2020 and now available on Apple TV+. Greyhound is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. Hanks himself wrote the screenplay.
The film follows US Navy Commander Ernest Krause on his first war-time assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by German submarines in early 1942. The film takes place during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.
Below is an inside look from Hanks. This was posted on the Apple TV+ Youtube channel.
Greyhound also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. It was directed by Aaron Schneider. A portion of the film was filmed aboard the USS Kidd, a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer museum ship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Greyhound was released exclusively to Apple TV+ viewers on July 10, 2020. To view Greyhound you’ll need a subscription to Apple TV+. You can get subscribe now and get a one-week free trial at:
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Tom Hanks in Gepetto
Tom Hanks stars as Gepetto in the upcoming Disney film, Pinocchio, a live action remake of Disney’s classic animated film from 1940. The remake is also a Disney production and is in final production. Hanks stars as the elderly woodcarver and puppet maker Gepetto.
Directing the film is Robert Zemeckis, who also directed Hanks in Forrest Gump and Cast Away. Zemeckis was reportedly recruited for the directing job by Hanks.
There are no official previews of Pinocchio other than the brief intro below from Disney:
More To Come From Tom Hanks
Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most active actors and filmmakers, with several projects in the works, including:
- An untitled film about Elvis Presley with Hanks starring as Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager.
- Masters of the Air, a mini series for which Hanks is executive producer. Masters of the Air is about the B17 bomber missions in World War II. The series is planned for release on Apple TV+. The mini series is based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller. This is the third World War II mini series produced by Hanks, after Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
More Hanks Movies for Streaming
You can find more Tom Hanks movies on cable TV and on streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime. Here is a sample of how to stream some of Hanks’ earlier movies:
Tom Hanks on Amazon Prime
Most of Tom Hanks’s films are available for streaming from Amazon Prime. Note that some are included with a Prime membership and some have a rental fee.
- A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Hanks portrays Mr. Fred Rogers in this 2019 film. Link
- Forrest Gump. 1994. Tom Hanks gives an Oscar-winning performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation. 4K Version HD Version
- Cast Away. 2000. Hanks delivers an Oscar-nominated performance as a man who is stranded on an uninhabited island for four years. Link
- Apollo 13. 1995. A “routine” space flight becomes a desperate battle to survive in this breathtaking adventure of courage and faith starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris. Link
- Saving Private Ryan. 1998. Based on a World War II drama. US soldiers try to save their comrade, paratrooper Private Ryan, who’s stationed behind enemy lines. 4K version HD Version
You can find more Tom Hanks films that you can stream from Amazon Prime at This Link.
Tom Hanks on Netflix
- Philadelphia. 1993. Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in this drama. CLICK HERE to see this title on Netflix.
- Saving Mr. Banks 2013. Hanks portrays Walt Disney as he tries to win the rights to make a movie of Mary Poppins. CLICK HERE to see this title on Netflix.
You can find more Tom Hanks films that are free to Netflix streaming members at This Link (Netflix signin required).
Tom Hanks Looks Back
Hanks takes a look back at his personal and professional life in this interview with CBS News:
Tom Hanks Books
Tom Hanks published his first book, Uncommon Type, a collection on short stories, in 2017. You can find the book in printed form, Kindle, or audio format at: Tom Hanks’ Uncommon Type
He talked about writing the book in this video from the Chicago Humanities Festival. Hanks is also credited with writing the screenplay for his 2020 film, Greyhound.
Tom Hanks on SNL
Tom Hanks hosted a Saturday Night Live from home on April 11, 2020 and spoke about his experience with Coronavirus. His monologue is below.
More on Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks’ films have grossed more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fifth-highest-grossing actor in North America.
Tom Hanks Movies
Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in the comedies Splash (1984) and Big (1988). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in Philadelphia (1993) and a young man with below-average IQ in Forrest Gump (1994). Hanks collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched him as a director, producer, and screenwriter.
Hanks’ other notable films include the romantic comedies Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998); the dramas Apollo 13 (1995), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), and Cloud Atlas (2012); and the biographical dramas Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Captain Phillips (2013), Sully (2016), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon film series, and has voiced Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series.
Hanks’ accolades include two Academy Awards. He received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2004. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor.
HBO confirmed in January 2013 that it was developing a third World War II miniseries based on the book Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller with Hanks and Spielberg to follow Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Few details have emerged about the project since, but NME reported in March 2017 that production was progressing under the working title The Mighty Eighth. On October 11, 2019, it was announced that the series would keep the title from the book and that the miniseries will stream on Apple TV+ due to budget constraints at HBO. Masters of the Air is expected to cost $200 million with a duration of at least eight hours.
Credit: Portions of the profile above were derived from the Wikipedia profile of Tom Hanks.
Is Tom Hanks Married?
Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes in 1978. They had one son, actor Colin Hanks (born 1977), and one daughter, Elizabeth Hanks (born 1982). Hanks and Samantha Lewes divorced in 1987.
In 1981, Hanks met actress Rita Wilson on the set of TV comedy Bosom Buddies (1980–1982). They were reunited in 1985 on the set of Volunteers. Wilson is of Greek and Bulgarian descent, and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Before marrying her, Hanks converted to her faith. Hanks and Wilson married in 1988 and have two sons. The oldest, Chester Marlon “Chet” Hanks, had a minor role as a student in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and released a rap song in 2011. Their youngest, Truman Theodore, was born in 1995. Hanks lives with his family in Los Angeles, California, and Ketchum, Idaho.
Hanks actively attends church. He said, “I must say that when I go to church—and I do go to church—I ponder the mystery. I meditate on the ‘why?’ of ‘why people are as they are’ and ‘why bad things happen to good people,’ and ‘why good things happen to bad people’ … The mystery is what I think is, almost, the grand unifying theory of all mankind.”
Hanks practices transcendental meditation and participates in a charity dinner for veterans victims of post-traumatic stress disorder organized by the David Lynch Foundation with Mary-Louise Parker, he says: “I crumbled between 3 o’clock in the afternoon and 7. I mean I was no good for anything. I couldn’t read; I couldn’t talk on the phone; I couldn’t do any work. It was really an unproductive four hours. And now, with meditation, it is the most productive hours of my day”.
Tom Hanks’s Net Worth
Tom Hanks’s net worth is about $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has been one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood for more than 25 years. He often collects a percentage of movie receipts in addition to a salary. Hanks’ biggest payouts include:
- $70 million for Forrest Gump
- $50 million for Angels and Demons
- $40 million for Private Ryan
- $20 million for Cast Away.