News of the World is a 2020 American Western drama film co-written and directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles, and starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel. The film follows an aging Civil War veteran who must return a young girl who was taken in by the Kiowa and raised as one of them, to her last remaining family. She had lost both her birth and Kiowa families.
In 1870, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a former Confederate soldier who served in the 3rd Texas Infantry, makes a living traveling town to town reading newspapers to local residents for ten cents per person. Following an evening of news reading, Kidd sets out for his next location and comes across an overturned wagon on the road. Investigating, he finds the body of a lynched black freedman and a live young white girl named Johanna, according to her papers, dressed in Native American clothing and speaking Kiowa. After an encounter with a Union Army patrol, Kidd is instructed to take the girl to Union officials at an outpost in a town up the road where they will sort out her Bureau of Indian Affairs paperwork and return her to her surviving family. Reluctantly, Kidd acquiesces to the request.
Tom Hanks as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd
Helena Zengel as Johanna Leonberger / Cicada
Michael Covino as J. G. Almay
Fred Hechinger as John Calley
Neil Sandilands as Wilhelm Leonberger
Thomas Francis Murphy as Merritt Farley
Ray McKinnon as Simon Boudlin
Mare Winningham as Doris Boudlin
Elizabeth Marvel as Ella Gannett
Chukwudi Iwuji as Charles Edgefield
Bill Camp as Willie Branholme
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