Two-time Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks is reportedly in negotiations to play Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger – the hero who engineered the miraculous emergency landing of a New York flight in the Hudson River, back in 2009. He saved the lives of all 155 people aboard the plane.
The biopic, directed by Clint Eastwood, will reportedly go beyond Sullenberger’s heroic act and explore the behind-the-scenes drama that nearly cost him his reputation as a pilot.
Eastwood will direct the film, derived from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki – who took influence from Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters – the moving biography co-written by Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow.
Hanks is no stranger to playing American heroes, having appeared in several patriotic films, including Saving Private Ryan and Captain Phillips. The actor is currently filming Ron Howard’s Inferno – where he will be reprising his role as Dan Brown’s renowned character, Professor Robert Langdon. He is also set to star in Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of A Hologram for the King.
Watch the trailer for Hanks’ latest performance in Bridge of Spies, below.