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Tom Hanks in talks to play Sully Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's new film

06.18.2015

With the monstrous success of AMERICAN SNIPER, director Clint Eastwood's next film will deal with a different sort of hero; 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." Clint Eastwood announced that he would be tackling the Sully project earlier in the month and the search for an actor to portray Captain Sullenberger was on.

That search may have ended with Clint Eastwood scoring himself a heck of an actor; Deadline reports that Tom Hanks is currently negotiating with Warner Bros. to portray the heroic pilot. As Hanks has played more than a handful of similar everyman characters who find themselves in situations that necessitate heroics, this role won't exactly be a big leap for the actor, but he's a welcome addition nonetheless.

Captain Sullenberger himself gave his approval to Clint Eastwood as the project began to move forward:

I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall. The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.

I'd imagine that he'd be equally pleased that Tom Hanks will be portraying him, after all, who wouldn't be? Megan Fox possibly. 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. Those hungry for more Tom Hanks on the big-screen will have to wait until October 16, 2015, which is when Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES will be released.

Source: Deadline

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1:05AM on 06/20/2015
Has Tom Hanks and his son ever been in a movie together? Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood! That's all I need to know. I don't even care what the movie is about, cause I know it's gonna be good! Clint Eastwood poops success!
Has Tom Hanks and his son ever been in a movie together? Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood! That's all I need to know. I don't even care what the movie is about, cause I know it's gonna be good! Clint Eastwood poops success!
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12:21PM on 06/19/2015
I'm afraid the movie will turn into hagiography. Having said that, I'm down with a competently made hero-worship film every once in awhile.

I just don't know how this will compare to Zemeckis' Flight, which dealt with similar material, but had quite a bit of bite to it. Unrelated thought, but after seeing Flight and the trailer for The Walk, I'm sure glad Robert Zemeckis is back to making live-action films again.
I'm afraid the movie will turn into hagiography. Having said that, I'm down with a competently made hero-worship film every once in awhile.

I just don't know how this will compare to Zemeckis' Flight, which dealt with similar material, but had quite a bit of bite to it. Unrelated thought, but after seeing Flight and the trailer for The Walk, I'm sure glad Robert Zemeckis is back to making live-action films again.
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9:43AM on 06/19/2015
"Hi, I'm Tom Hanks and I've been an obvious bore for decades."
"Hi, I'm Tom Hanks and I've been an obvious bore for decades."
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9:17AM on 06/19/2015

Why is this being made into a movie??

There is absolutely ZERO story here. Why waste such great talents on such a nonstory.
There is absolutely ZERO story here. Why waste such great talents on such a nonstory.
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1:08AM on 06/20/2015
yeah I suppose, but with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks it has a better chance of being good. I think Eastwood always pics his films carefully, and even his less than great films are better than most any film.
yeah I suppose, but with Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks it has a better chance of being good. I think Eastwood always pics his films carefully, and even his less than great films are better than most any film.
2:15PM on 06/20/2015
Sully's celebrity, based around his just doing his job right, might actually be interesting, if Eastwood wants to go that route.
Sully's celebrity, based around his just doing his job right, might actually be interesting, if Eastwood wants to go that route.
8:50AM on 06/19/2015
This sounds like great news.
This sounds like great news.
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7:28AM on 06/19/2015

Clint Eastwood is doing yet another bio-pic

I think I'll pass. There was a time where Clint Eastwood was one of my top ten directors, I hate seeing him going down the path of uninspired bio-pics. Eastwood's not getting any younger and I appreciate his work ethic at his age but it seems like every new project he's attached to I am less interested. I wish he would go out with a swan song of a western in the vein of Unforgiven. That being said Tom Hanks would be a good choice for Captain Sully even though I didn't care for Captain Phillips,
I think I'll pass. There was a time where Clint Eastwood was one of my top ten directors, I hate seeing him going down the path of uninspired bio-pics. Eastwood's not getting any younger and I appreciate his work ethic at his age but it seems like every new project he's attached to I am less interested. I wish he would go out with a swan song of a western in the vein of Unforgiven. That being said Tom Hanks would be a good choice for Captain Sully even though I didn't care for Captain Phillips, his last true life movie.
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9:21AM on 06/19/2015
I'm with ya on this one. I mean such great talent is being wasted here on such a low key story. I miss Clint Eastwood's more fictional movies. I don't think he can really star in anything anymore, but he should at least try to do one last classic Hollywood style film.
I'm with ya on this one. I mean such great talent is being wasted here on such a low key story. I miss Clint Eastwood's more fictional movies. I don't think he can really star in anything anymore, but he should at least try to do one last classic Hollywood style film.
10:53PM on 06/18/2015

Oh Captain my Captain

Now after playing Captain John Miller, Captain Phillips , Captain Sullenberger, Tom Hanks has now signed on to play Captain Morgan, Captain Kangaroo, and Captain Underpants! But seriously this guy could do it, he is that good.
Now after playing Captain John Miller, Captain Phillips , Captain Sullenberger, Tom Hanks has now signed on to play Captain Morgan, Captain Kangaroo, and Captain Underpants! But seriously this guy could do it, he is that good.
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9:54PM on 06/18/2015
I feel asleep typing up this post.
I feel asleep typing up this post.
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9:36PM on 06/18/2015
Sounds like he was born for this role.
Sounds like he was born for this role.
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