Tom Hanks has always been, and probably will forever be, one busy man. The actor, producer, director, and writer has been churning out hit after hit ever since his Bosom Buddies days in the early '80s. He's starred opposite a mermaid, has played a magical video game, worked with one of the biggest, drooliest dogs in Hollywood, went into space, and survived being stranded on a deserted island for four years. If his life was like the movies, he literally would have done it all by now.
You might be wondering what Tom Hanks is up to in 2017, and beyond. From the looks of the next couple years, he might be slowing it down a little, considering he only has four (maybe five, if the elephant-sized rumors are true) anticipated new movie releases officially in the works through 2019.
Here's your official list of new & upcoming Tom Hanks movies:
1. The Circle
- Release date: April 28, 2017
- Writers: James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers (screenplay) & Dave Eggers (based on the novel by)
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and Karen Gillan
Another one of the latest flicks from Tom Hanks that was originally a book, #TheCircle is about a company run by a guy whose mission in life is to make it so everything is recorded, and apparently, he has the ability and technology to make that a reality. Cameras everywhere: on police, on civilians, on every street corner...what could possibly go wrong? It's still in a few theaters, so go check it out!
2. The Silent Man
- Release date: 2017
- Writer: Peter Landesman
- Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, and Michael C. Hall
Produced by (but not starring) Tom Hanks, and originally titled Felt, this upcoming spy thriller is about corruption in the White House involving the President, his administration, all sorts of illegal and unconstitutional activities, and all the lies that were told to cover it all up. Oh, sorry...this is about the time it happened in the '70s when Watergate happened, not the last few months.
3. The Papers
- Release Date: January 12, 2018
- Writer: Liz Hannah
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep
The synopsis, from IMDB: "A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events."
Anything directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks is sure to join the ranks of 2015's Bridge of Spies, along with Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Terminal (2004), Catch Me If You Can (2002). Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep is Kay Graham, the publisher. It will come out in select theaters on December 22 (because Oscars), and then expect it to arrive at your local theater in January. And with no trailer or production stills released quite yet, you'll have to take our word for it that the movie is coming!
4. Toy Story 4
- Release date: June 21, 2019
- Writers: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich (original story by) & Rashida Jones, Will McCormack (screenplay)
- Cast: Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Jodi Benson, and Estelle Harris
Here's everything you need to know about Toy Story 4:
This one is by far the most anticipated of all the upcoming Tom Hanks releases. Between #Cars3 this year, #TheIncredibles2 next year, and #ToyStory4 the year after that, Pixar has its hands full of sequels. The only non-sequel coming out until possibly after 2019 is Coco, near the end of this year.
Obviously, there isn't a trailer quite available for this one yet, so just close your eyes and imagine the awesomeness! Actually, don't do that...you won't be able to read the last part of this Hanksfest.
5. Dumbo (Rumored)
- Release date: Unknown
- Writer: Ehren Kruger (screenplay)
- Cast: Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito (all verified, according to IMDB). Rumored: Tom Hanks as the villain
Pretty much everything about this movie is a rumor, except (hopefully) that it's going to be made. Disney had been trying to get Will Smith on board in the lead role, but nobody knew if that meant as a human character, or to use his incredible acting skills to do some mocap magic as #Dumbo or Timothy Q. Mouse. However, Will Smith has since announced he won't star in the film.
As for the villain Hanks could play, I'm assuming it would be an evil ringmaster, or the voice of...you know, there really wasn't that much of a villain in the original Dumbo from 1941. Maybe #Disney has some plans up its sleeve to change up the plot.
Whatever ends up happening, this is one of the most curious out of all the next Tom Hanks films. As long as they keep the drunken pink elephant scene!
While You Wait
You can watch these all over again while you're waiting for any of the above Tom Hanks movies coming out.
Captain Phillips (2013)
He's a captain of a floating ship in this movie, not a flying one.
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Guys, there's a good chance we're all gonna cry some more manly tears when #4 comes out, so why not warm those tear ducts up and watch #3 again?
Tom Hanks blew us away in The DaVinci Code, and did great in Angels & Demons, so why not check out Robert Langdon's latest adventure:
What's YOUR favorite Tom Hanks movie of all time? Castaway? Big? Sound off in the comments!