Tom Hanks in Talks to Play Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for Clint Eastwood

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Tom Hanks is being eyed to play Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger for Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. in “Sully.”

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.

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  1. K. Danaher says:

    Does anyone know the expected release date for Sully?

  2. Colin Coghlan says:

    I love Sully, and I hate Tom Hanks. Sam Elliot would have been a much better choice. Shame on you Clint.

  3. Vin says:

    I want to watch that movie.

  4. Harry McNicholas says:

    What the hell is the second nut talking about? Hanks is an excellent actor and Eastwood and excellent director. They represent only themselves. This is a great chance for two great people to work together.

    • Nancy Graham says:

      I agree – Tom Hanks is an awesome actor – I just saw the movie this week-end – it’s great and Tom Hanks did an awesome job portraying the main character…. this is a don’t miss it kind of movie.

  5. Marty Gillis says:

    Excellent casting decision. The combination of Hanks and Eastwood should prove to be unbeatable.

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