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Tom Hanks in talks for Clint Eastwood's Miracle on the Hudson movie

Captain Phillips

Story by Jack Foley

TOM Hanks is in talks to play Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ movie.

Sullenberg made global headlines in January 2009 when he and his crew had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in America when both engines were knocked out by a flock of Canada geese.

The veteran pilot reacted immediately to land the stricken plane on the Hudson, thereby saving the lives of all 155 people on board.

His exploits saw him instantaneously being hailed as a hero and dubbed “Captain Cool” by then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hanks is the first choice of both director Eastwood and Warner Bros studio for the role, especially given that the actor, at 58, is the same age as Sully when he made the landing.

He also played another hero captain to outstanding effect a few years ago, in Paul Greengrass’ real-life tale Captain Phillips.

The only potential stumbling block is Hanks current shooting schedule, as he is working on Inferno, the latest Robert Langdon movie, with Ron Howard for Sony. Eastwood would like to start shooting his movie in September, when Hanks may well be promoting his other new release, Bridge of Spies, with Spielberg.

However, given that Spielberg and Eastwood are close friends, both parties must be pretty confident that something can be worked out.

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