Sources tell Variety that Hanks is in final talks to play the brave pilot who safely landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River in 2009.
Based on the book by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow, the story takes a closer look at the man who became a national hero after his plane began to malfunction shortly after takeoff and he was forced to take drastic measures in order to save the passengers.
Producer Frank Marshall acquired the rights to the book in 2010 and had been developing ever since. Eastwood had been circling the Boston Marathon bombing pic “Patriot’s Day” at CBS Films, but decided to spotlight another American hero after coming across “Sully.”
Marshall will produce with Allyn Stewart.
Like Eastwood, Hanks has been drawn to playing roles based on real individuals, such as “Captain Phillips,” Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13” and, most recently, Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Hanks can be seen next in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” and is currently filming “Inferno,” in which he will reprise his role of Robert Langdon. He is repped by CAA.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.