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Tom Hanks Reportedly Eyes Role of Captain Sullenberger

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | June 19, 2015

Tom Hanks Reportedly Eyes Role of Captain Sullenberger

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The movie based on Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s 2009 Hudson River landing may have yet another star attached to its production.

Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming Jr. reports Hanks is currently in negotiations to play the retired pilot who made a heroic water landing to save 155 passengers moments after leaving New York’s LaGuardia airport.

If the 58-year-old agrees to terms, it would add another huge name to the film as Clint Eastwood has already come on as the production’s director.

And, of course, this would be Hanks’ second time at the helm as a non-fiction captain. The man who has featured in such classics as “Forrest Gump,” “Big” and “Saving Private Ryan” also starred in 2013’s “Captain Phillips,” which was based on the harrowing capture and rescue of Captain Richard Phillips.

Earlier this month Hollywood icon Eastwood proclaimed that he would take on the project that was based on the event known famously as the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

While still in its infancy, the movie’s production seems to be going in the right direction, with a director and lead that would garner droves of fans to see one amazing story.

The movie is said to be a retelling of Sullenberger’s autobiography “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.”

It’s a tale that captivated millions around the world and deserves a proper cinematic presentation.

Now that two of the biggest seats have nearly been filled there is little else to do but sit and wait patiently for what is now a much-anticipated film.


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