Los Angeles, June 20 (IANS) Actor Tom Hanks is reportedly being considered for the role of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film “Sully”.
According to a source, the 58-year-old is in final talks with Warner Bros to play the brave pilot who safely landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River in 2009, reports variety.com.
Based on a 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 take off and he was forced to take drastic measures in order to save the passengers.
Warner Bros acquired the rights to the book in 2010 and had been developing ever since. Eastwood is currently working on the Boston Marathon bombing film “Patriot’s Day”, but he decided to spotlight another American hero after coming across the film “Sully”.
Like Eastwood, Hanks has been drawn to playing roles based on real individuals, such as “Captain Phillips”, Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13″ and 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. The film also stars Indian actor Irrfan Khan.