Tom Hanks in Talks to Play Heroic Pilot Sully Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood Movie
Tom Hanks may soon be taking flight onscreen.
The two-time Oscar winner is in negotiations to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the now-retired airline pilot who performed an emergency landing on the Hudson River and instantly became a hero, according to multiple reports.
Warner Bros. announced that actor-director Clint Eastwood would helm the untitled biopic earlier this month. The screenplay, written by Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger, Elf) is based on Sullenberger’s autobiography Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.
Sullenberger was hailed a hero in 2009 when he successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in the New York City area after a flock of birds flew into the engine following take-off off from La Guardia Airport in Queens, New York. He saved all 155 people onboard the aircraft, who were famously photographed huddling together on the wings before they were rescued from the water.
Hanks and Eastwood are no strangers to taking on tales of heroism. Hanks is known for movies including Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 and Captain Phillips, while Eastwood directed this year’s war-hero blockbuster American Sniper.
“Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production Greg Silverman said in a statement. “On the heels of his extraordinary work in American Sniper, it is tremendously exciting to see him explore the life of another captivating true-life hero.”