Tom Hanks gets a culture lesson in ‘A Hologram for the King’ trailer – watch

Hanks plays a businessman learning how to live in Saudi Arabia

A Hologram for the King – a film about a failed American businessman taking a shot in Saudi Arabia – has launched its first trailer ahead of arriving in the cinemas on April 22.

The film is based on a novel by Dave Eggers of the same title, released in 2012, and stars Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury and Tom Skerritt.

In the movie, Hanks plays a struggling IT consultant hoping to gain the contract for a massive new – and as yet unbuilt – Saudi Arabian business complex. It was filmed in Morocco, Egypt and Germany, and Tom Tykwer directs.


Watch the new trailer via YouTube, below:

The official description for the movie reads as follows:

“In Tom Tykwer’s wryly comic adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel, Tom Hanks stars as a struggling American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a new technology to the King, only to be challenged by endless Middle Eastern bureaucracy, a perpetually absent monarch, and a suspicious growth on his back.”

Hanks, meanwhile, revealed late last year that he’s currently working on dialogue for Toy Story 4, in which he’ll ‘play’ Woody.

Hanks said: “My diaphragm gets a workout. By the time I’m leaving I’m driving home and they had to put an ice chest on my diaphragm just so I can go home because it’s clenched throughout.”