Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ Trailer: Tom Hanks is Captain Sully

The last few movies Clint Eastwood made based on real people didn’t turn out so well. J. Edgar, The Jersey Boys, and even his biggest hit as a filmmaker, American Sniper,are strangely cold and clinical movies. The same goes for Changeling and Invictus, but let’s hope that’s not the case with Sully, which comes out later this year and stars Tom Hanks. Below, check out the first Sully trailer to see Tom Hanks’ transformation into Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

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In the film, national treasure Tom Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot that successfully landed a plane on the Hudson River back in 2009, saving the lives of 155 people. Eastwood’s picture is based on the book the hero co-authored, “Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters,” with Jeffrey Zaslow. It was producer Frank Marshall that purchased Sully’s memoir and his life rights. The film is written by Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger), who depicts the famous landing and the investigation that followed.

Here’s your first look at the Sully trailer:

Entertainment Weekly also ran some quotes from Aaron Eckhart, who plays Sullenberger’s co-captain, Jeff Skiles. To recreate the landing, an Airbus 320 was dismantled and brought to a set:

I’ve been making movies for a long time, but whenever you see a complete plane in a pool right there — it blew us away, everybody was very impressed with that.

Filming also took place on the Hudson river, but it’s unclear how much was shot there versus on a set:

We had all of the actual boats that were used in the rescue on the Hudson, a lot of the same people who were all there. It was quite moving to hear them tell their tale and to get the feel of what it was like. It was very cold, and everybody said it was very quiet.

The film co-stars Anna Gunn, Laura Linney, Sam Huntington, and, an actor that arguably doesn’t get enough credit, Holt McCallany. Sully is also the first film to be shot almost entirely with IMAX cameras. “Clint decided to try it and he just loves the cameras,” IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said. “It will be the first film released where virtually the entire movie was made with the technology.” Sully will play in IMAX theaters for a total of two weeks, before Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake takes over the screens.

Sully opens in theaters September 9th.

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