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First Photo Released Of Tom Hanks In Sully

June 29, 2016 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first photo of Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in the new biopic Sully. Hanks plays Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed his disabled plan onto the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, an incident dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson”.

Clint Eastwood directed the film, which also stars Laura Linney as Sully’s wife Lorraine Sullenberger. Todd Komarnicki wrote the script, based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Eastwood will also produce with Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart and Tim Moore, with Kipp Nelson executive producing. It arrives on September 9. Here are highlights of an interview with Eckhart:

On Hanks playing Sullenberger: “He really embodied him, just physically with his hair, and the mustache. He started holding himself straight like Sully did, and his economy of speech, and all of that sort of stuff that really nailed the precision of Captain Sullenberger. It was really impressive.”

On filming the Miracle on the Hudson: “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. 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.”

On practicing with Hanks on a simulator: “For simulation we had the exact flight pattern mapped out on the simulator as they flew on that particular flight, and that was interesting because you get up in the air, you’re 3,000 feet or whatever it is, and you have three minutes to figure out what will happen and then to troubleshoot it and then to land the plane and make the decision to land on the Hudson, that’s not a lot of time. Then we had the transcripts and the radio conversation between Sully and the tower, to hear how calm he was and how precise. It was great filming those scenes and everybody getting out on the wing and seeing Tom take charge. It was a blast.”