Tom Hanks-scripted submarine drama 'Greyhound' coming to Apple TV+ in July

Tom Hanks in a still from Greyhound. (Apple TV+)

Tom Hanks’ Second World War drama Greyhound will arrive on Apple TV+ on 10 July, the technology giant has announced.

The film had been set to be one of the major Hollywood releases of the summer before the entertainment industry lurched into crisis as coronavirus swept across the world.

Amid mass cinema closures, Apple bought the distribution rights for Greyhound and it will arrive on its premium streaming service next month.

The film will launch in more than 100 countries, the company said. Greyhound was written by Hanks based on an CS Forester novel.

It stars the Hollywood actor as a US Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during the war.

For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers.

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It also features This Is England star Stephen Graham.

Here’s the full synopsis: Tom Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II.

Tom Hanks arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, 2020. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers. “Greyhound" is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces.

Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. “Greyhound" was written by Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

Greyhound will arrive on Apple TV+ on 10 July.