First “Finch” Trailer Reveals Tom Hanks & His Two Best Friends in Apple’s Original Sci-Fi Film
If you’re going to maroon any actor in a bleak future with no co-stars to play off save an android and a dog, you are not going to do better than Tom Hanks. Now Apple TV has revealed the first trailer for Finch, the upcoming sci-fi film from Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik, based on an original script from Craig Luck and Ivor Powell. Hanks plays the titular Finch, a survivor of a catastrophic “solar event” who is forced to live alone in a bunker. Well, he’s not actually alone, thank goodness—he’s got his pup Goodyear, and he gets to work building a new buddy, Jeff, an android (voiced by Caleb Landry-Jones) that he creates to make sure Goodyear is taken care of when he’s gone.
As we noted when we first heard the synopsis for Finch, the film has some Castaway vibes. You’ll recall in that film how Hanks was a FedEx logistics executive who was marooned on an island after a plane accident had to make do with turning a volleyball into a companion (bless you, Wilson!). In Finch, Hanks at least has some animated beings to interact with. And in Sapochnik, he’s working with a director who is highly skilled at creating tension on an epic scale—his work on Game of Thrones and True Detective proved that. In Finch, a solar flare has obliterated just about everything on Earth—”Goodbye crops and food, goodbye everything,” Hanks’ Finch says at the top of the trailer. So, Finch hides out, frightened and alone, until he finds Goodyear.
The trailer gives us that Hanksian inherent goodness that has made him one of the most likable performers, well, ever. But the man can perform, and we’ve got little doubt he alone couldn’t carry much of Finch. But the film looks to pack both a forboding tell of environmental catastrophe while maintaining hope in the human will to survive—and to help others do so, as well—at all costs. As Jeff the android says at the end, “I believe in you, Finch.” We all believe in Hanks.
Finch marks Hanks’ second collaboration with Apple, after last year’s Greyhound, and premieres exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 5. Check out the trailer below:
Here’s the synopsis from Apple:
In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot, played by Jones, to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humor, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.
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Featured image: A man (played by Tom Hanks), a dog and a robot (played by Caleb Landry Jones) form an unlikely family In “Finch,” premiering exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 5.