First 'A Hologram for the King' Trailer Arrives

Tom Hanks Stars in First 'A Hologram for the King' Trailer

What we have here is the first trailer for Tom Tykwer's film adaptation of Dave Eggers' award winning novel, A Hologram For the King. For those of you who are interested in that sort of thing.

From Amazon:

In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together.

Let us know what you think in the comments. Are you an Eggers fan? Tykwer? Hanks? Do you plan on checking it out?

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Taylor from Portland, Oregon is reading Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby March 16, 2016 - 3:49pm

I liked the book a lot--except for the ending. It left me cold. I wonder if they will change it in the movie..I'd watch this. I like almost all things Dave Eggers. When are they going to make a The Circle movie? That book would be great in movie format. 

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine March 16, 2016 - 5:59pm

The description of the book does absolutely nothing for me. Just another "literary" novel about a middle aged white guy's midlife crisis.

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Taylor from Portland, Oregon is reading Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby March 18, 2016 - 3:25pm

LOL! Yeah, it's that--I liked the writing, and I thought the plot was going somewhere, but it tanked at the end. I like Eggers, but his fiction is meh. What in the What--now that book will make you cry. Same as Zeitoun. But those are about real people in a real crisis. 

In Hologram, you really come to hate the guy. He's clueless, maybe a bit racist, and he tries to have sex with pretty much every woman he meets--or at least wishes he was going to have sex with her. He fails so many times at everything, you wonder how he can be so dumb. The only thing that saves it is the setting and the description.

So having Mr. Likable, a.k.a., Tom Hanks, is an interesting casting choice. I would NOT have picked him. I wonder how they will re-frame his character to make the audience care. Maybe, just maybe, it will be an improvement on the book.