Recently, we reported that director Clint Eastwood is likely to be directing a biopic focusing on Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who performed the “Miracle on the Hudson” back in early 2009. Now, we may have an idea of who will embody the man himself when the film hits theaters.
According to Variety, none other than critically acclaimed Oscar winner Tom Hanks could be playing Sully if a deal is finalized between he and Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio behind the production. The trade claims that discussions with Hanks have progressed as far as “final talks” to lock the actor in for the role, which would likely bring a fair amount of exposure and inherent star power to a truly compelling real story. Using the book co-written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow as the basis for its screenplay, the film — which is tentatively titled Sully — will delve deeper into the man hailed as a hero by millions of people across America and the world, including both the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the United States.
The “Miracle on the Hudson” itself will likely be a primary focal point of the story, where an engine malfunction required Sullenberger to act quickly in order to save the lives of the passengers and crew aboard US Airways Flight 1549. Sullenberger’s quick thinking and piloting skill allowed a safe water landing to be performed on the Hudson, and all passengers and crew were evacuated before the plane itself sunk into the river. Although there were 100 injuries — five of them serious — there were no fatalities.
Tom Hanks is no stranger to playing roles based on real people, as his parts in films like Charlie Wilson’s War (as Texas politician Charlie Wilson), Captain Phillips (as the eponymous Captain), Apollo 13 (as mission commander Jim Lovell), Saving Mr. Banks (as Walt Disney), and the upcoming Bridge of Spies (as attorney James B. Donovan). There is no word yet on when Sully may go into production, but it appears to be slotted for release sometime next year. For more on the film as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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