Date: 19th June 2015

Tom Hanks to play hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger for Clint Eastwood.

Oscar-winning film-maker’s tale of miraculous 2009 water landing will be Eastwood’s followup to controversial box office smash American Sniper.

Tom Hanks is in final talks to play the pilot who flew his stricken aircraft into the Hudson river, saving all 155 passengers, in Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama Sully.

Variety reports Hanks is considering the role of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who pulled off the miraculous escape on 15 January 2009 after his Airbus A320 had hit a flock of Canada geese during its climb out of nearby Laguardia airport in Queens, New York. Eastwood signed on to direct earlier this month following the spectacular box-office success of his Iraq war drama, American Sniper, last year. Previous reports suggested the project might be titled Miracle on the Hudson.

Source: Press Release