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When you want an actor to play a likable and sympathetic figure in a real-life story, then getting Tom Hanks signed on is something of a slam-dunk. So it’s no surprise that that’s exactly what Clint Eastwood has done for his upcoming docudrama Sully, which dramatizes the events of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” emergency plane landing.

Based on the memoirs of pilot Chelsey B. “Sully” Sullenberger, the movie tells of the terrifying incident in which an Airbus A320, upon takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, struck a flock of geese and lost power to both engines. Judging that the plane could not safely return to land in time, Sullenberger and his flight crew made the decision to instead ditch in (or, rather, on) the Hudson River; miraculously, all 155 passengers and crew survived the impact and escaped the aircraft before it sank.

Hanks, grey hair and mustache present and correct, plays Sullenberger himself; and judging by the trailer, the film will also explore the captain’s own agonizing reflection over whether he made the right decision:

The film also features Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Laura Linney (The Truman Show) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), and is due for release on September 9.

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Filed Under: Clint Eastwood, Sully, Tom Hanks
By Seb Patrick