Tom Hanks portrays celebrated pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Sully. See the teaser, which has come on the heels of yesterday’s official image and poster release, below…
In January 2009, after both of the planes’ engines failed, Captain Sullenberger managed to save the lives of every passenger and crew member aboard US Airways Flight 1549, 155 people, by landing in New York’s Hudson River. The incident later became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” and Sullenberger was hailed as a hero for his efforts.
As the trailer shows, the story doesn’t end there. It looks like Sully will take a look at how the terrifying and life-changing experience affected those involved, especially the titular pilot. Additionally, the movie seems to highlight the fact that Sullenberger was forced into a spotlight he didn’t ask for after the event and ended up having his whole career defined by his actions on that day. In the footage, Hanks’ Sullenberger says, “I’ve got 40 years in the air, but in the end, I’m gonna be judged on 208 seconds.”
Sully will be Eastwood’s fourth consecutive film based on a true story, following J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and American Sniper.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully will hit theaters on September 9th in the States and on December 2nd in the UK. In addition to Hanks, Sully stars Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen), Laura Linney (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows), Holt McCallany (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Jerry Ferrara (Lone Survivor), Max Adler (Café Society), Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), Mike O’Malley (Concussion) and Autumn Reeser (Hawaii Five-0). Todd Komarnicki penned the film’s script, which is adapted from Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow’s 2009 autobiography, Highest Duty.