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.
From the looks of the next couple years or so, he might be slowing it down a little, considering he only has two (maybe three, if the elephant-sized rumors are true) movies officially in the works through 2019.
Here's a list of recent, upcoming, and rumored movies from the man, the myth, and the legend, #TomHanks.
1. Bridge Of Spies
- Release date: October 16, 2015
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda
Factoid: Tom Hanks loves acting in movies that tell true stories about real people, apparently. Chesley Sullenberger (see #4 below), Captain Richard Phillips (in the "While You Wait" section below), Walt Disney himself in Saving Mr. Banks, Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Charlie Wilson in Charlie Wilson's War, Geoffrey Bowers in Philadelphia, James Dallas Egbert III in Mazes and Monsters, Mehran Karimi Nasseri in The Terminal, and James B. Donovan in Bridge of Spies — Tom Hanks loves himself some biopics.
Bridge of Spies is about a U.S. pilot shot down over the USSR, a Russian spy captured in the U.S., and an insurance lawyer who is recruited to negotiate the peaceful trade of both between the countries. The bridge referenced in the title is the Glienicke Bridge, which connected Berlin-Potsdam. The bridge was used during the Cold War as a site for exchanging spies.
- Release date: September 9, 2016
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater, Sam Shepard, and Meg Ryan
Funky Fact: Not like it matters (because, you know, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) but Ithaca has a terrible 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Come on, Waterworld and Battlefield Earth could have been saved just by showing a shot of a picture of Tom Hanks hanging on a wall.
Ithaca, whose entire score was written by John Mellencamp, Meg Ryan's former boyfriend, is a coming-of-age story about a young man who wants to become the best telegraph messenger in his town. When his older brother goes off to war, he does just that, delivering messages of both love and death to families waiting to hear from their loved ones overseas.
3. A Hologram For The King
- Release date: April 22, 2016
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, and Ben Whishaw
Interesting fact: While fictional, this film was set just after the Great Recession of 2010, when the housing bubble burst and forced men like Tom Hanks' character to resort to desperate measures to make ends meet.
The trailer for this might just be the best thing Tom Hanks has ever done, and Tom Hanks has done some Big things. Seeing him act out and sing the beginning of Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads is just too epic for words. The fact that he plays a guy who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a king a hologram just adds to the epicness.
- Release date: September 9, 2016
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, and Laura Linney
Very interesting fact: The star of the show, Sully, was repaid for saving all those lives with his quick thinking with not only PTSD, but also the NTSB nearly ending his career with their insistence that one of the plane's engines was still operating after the bird strike, and that the plane could have been safely landed at the nearest airport. Simulations of the crash eventually convinced them otherwise.
Everybody and their dog knew about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his “Miracle on the Hudson,” so to make a movie about something that was so well-covered by the media seemed a little redundant. But with Tom Hanks as #Sully, this one was destined to do well.
- Release date: October 28, 2016
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, and Irrfan Khan
Depressing tidbit: Inferno's opening weekend, despite having Hanks in the lead role and #RonHoward at the helm, finished second to Boo! A Madea Halloween. Talk about depressing.
This is the third film in author Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, and the third produced by Ron Howard. The Lost Symbol is Brown's upcoming fourth book in the series, and even though the movies have been performing progressively worse at the box office, The Lost Symbol will most likely be turned into the fourth movie, eventually.
6. The Circle
- Release date: April 28, 2017
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and Karen Gillan
Random fact: Based on the 2013 not-so-futuristic book of the same name by Dave Eggers
Another flick from 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?
- Release date: 2017
- Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, and Michael C. Hall
Fact: Produced by (but not starring) Tom Hanks
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 last month.
8. Toy Story 4
- Release date: June 21, 2019
- Starring: Tom Hanks, Joan Cusack, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Don Rickles, Jodi Benson, and Estelle Harris
Fact: Here are all the facts you need to know:
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.
9. Dumbo (Rumored)
- Release date: Unknown
- Possibly starring: Will Smith in the lead role and Tom Hanks as the villain
Rumors & myths: Pretty much everything about this movie is a rumor, except (hopefully) that it's going to be made. Disney has been trying to get Will Smith on board in the lead role, but nobody knows if that means as a human character, or to use his incredible acting skills to do some mocap magic as #Dumbo or Timothy Q. Mouse. 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. As long as they keep the drunken pink elephant scene!
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While You Wait
You can watch these all over again, until Hanks' new movies come 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?
Angels & Demons (2009)
Tom Hanks blew us away in The DaVinci Code, and did pretty good in this follow up.
What's YOUR favorite Tom Hanks movie of all time? Castaway? Big? Sound off in the comments!