Laura Linney to join Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in Clint Eastwood's latest
The cast of Clint Eastwood's Captain Sully film continues to come together; we've already learned that Eastwood has tapped Tom Hanks to fill the title role of Captain Sully and that Aaron Eckhart will play Jeff Skiles, Sully's first officer and co-pilot. Now Deadline is reporting that Laura Linney (MR. HOLMES) is reaching a deal to play the Captain's wife, Lorraine "Lorrie" Sullenberger.
Eastwood's film will tell the story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the man who successfully pulled off the miraculous emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in what would later be known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." This will mark Laura Linney's third team-up with Clint Eastwood after ABSOLUTE POWER and MYSTIC RIVER (one of my favourite Eastwood films.) Clint Eastwood will be directing the biopic from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, which in turn drew from "Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters," the book written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
I don't know as much about the "Miracle on the Hudson" as some of you might, but a cursory glance at the events leads me to wonder just how they're going to turn this into something more than "we hit some birds and crashed into the water, but we're all okay." Linney has several films coming up; GENIUS with Colin Firth, Jude Law, and Nicole Kidman and, for some reason, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2. Everybody's got to eat I suppose.