Tom Hanks to Play Heroic Pilot in Clint Eastwood’s Sully Sullenberger Movie
Well that was pretty quick. Just last week we learned of Clint Eastwood’s plan to direct a film based on pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, who heroically maneuvered an emergency landing when US Airways flight 1549 almost crashed. The director has already found his leading man, as Tom Hanks will reportedly to play Sully in what sounds like the most “movie for your dad” movie to ever exist.
Your dad loves Tom Hanks. Your dad loves Clint Eastwood. Your dad loves real American heroes like Sully Sullenberger. Your dad will love Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s movie about Sully Sullenberger. That’s just basic math.
Deadline reports that Hanks is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to play Sullenberger in Eastwood’s film, which is based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, co-written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Captain Sully’s US Airways flight had just taken off from La Guardia airport in New York when a flock of geese collided with the aircraft. Thinking quickly and showing great bravery, Sully maneuvered the craft to land in the Hudson River, saving 155 people.
Eastwood’s last big hero movie, American Sniper, became the number one film released in 2014. Meanwhile, Hanks is best known to you and your dads as a frequent movie hero, appearing in dad faves like Captain Phillips and and Forrest Gump. Eastwood’s new film sounds like it will look right at home on your dad’s DVD shelf, right between those two movies and next to his Kevin Costner collection.