Washington, D.C. — In Terminal (2004), Tom Hanks starred as Viktor Navorski, an international traveller stuck in the JFK Airport terminal after arriving from his politically unstable, war-torn country of Krakozhia. Unforeseen circumstances cause Viktor to be detained at the airport for 9 months, which is short if you’ve ever tried to fly American Airlines.
Now Tom Hanks is back in Terminal 2 (2021). He plays the part of Jimmy Tibbs, a gay Republican on a guided tour of the White House when the newly elected President, a Democrat, declares war on his opponents, those backward-thinking Republicans. The political instability in the United States causes the President to rethink letting Jimmy Tibbs cut his tour short. Although he loathes the idea of a racist, sexist, white supremacist Republican remaining in the White House, forcing him out would appear homophobic. He decides to hold Jimmy in the green room until the political unrest dies down. Meanwhile, Jimmy befriends members of the White House staff, offering chic fashion tips and talking up the benefits of capitalism.
Tom Hanks said of his role, “Normally I wouldn’t be caught dead playing the part of a Republican, but he’s gay so I can’t say no.” The film is being directed by Steven Spielberg (director of Terminal) and has a release date of summer 2021. Posters have been popping up nationwide with the tagline:
“The President’s home-oh!”