Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ to Launch London Fest

Tom Hanks Captain Phillips open New

Hanks, Paul Greengrass set to attend opening

LONDON — The 57th BFI London Film Festival will open Oct. 9 with the European premiere of “Captain Phillips.”

Pic is directed by Paul Greengrass (“United 93,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) and stars Tom Hanks, both of whom are expected to attend the festival.

The thriller is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).

Screenplay was penned by Billy Ray based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca. Sony Pictures releases the film in the U.K. on Oct. 18.

The festival runs until Oct. 20. The full program will be announced Sept. 4.

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