Most folks in the United States probably have a vague familiarity with Captain Chesley Sullenberger – better known as “Sully” – the pilot who successfully landed a US Airways flight on the Hudson River after the aircraft became disabled shortly after takeoff. Hailed as a national hero for a quick decision that saved the lives of the 155 passengers aboard the flight, Sullenberger was nevertheless subject to much scrutiny behind the scenes, details that were revealed in his fascinating autobiography.
Now, Clint Eastwood is bringing the story to the big screen in Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as the famous pilot. You can check out the first trailer right here.
It’s hard to discount the similarities between this trailer and Robert Zemeckis’ 2012 feature Flight, which also explored the investigation into an emergency landing by a heroic pilot, but the latter film was still a fictional story. And while some of the events depicted in Sully will almost certainly be embellished for dramatic effect, the core narrative is based on a well-known event that was covered extensively by news organizations across the globe, which creates an immediate connection to the material.
This will no doubt be another solid performance from Hanks, who bears a pretty striking resemblance to the real-life Captain Sullenberger, but it also looks like a potential return to form for Eastwood, whose last few directorial efforts have lacked the emotional heft of earlier works like Gran Torino or Million Dollar Baby. His overall body of work is still incredibly solid, but it would be nice to see him knock something out of the park again.
Sully also comes with the added bonus of being shot almost entirely with IMAX cameras, with Variety reporting that it will be “the first film released where virtually the entire movie was made with the technology.” We’ve known for awhile that Anthony and Joe Russo would be shooting Avengers: Infinity War with the Alexa IMAX cameras, but it looks like Eastwood beat them to the punch.
Co-starring Aaron Eckhart, Anna Gunn, and Laura Linney, Sully is scheduled to open on September 9.
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