FIRST LOOK: Tom Hanks emerges with silver hair to play hero pilot Captain Sully in film about ‘miracle’ landing on Hudson River – Charles D’Alberto

Charles D'Alberto

Tom Hanks has started work on a film about Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger.

The 59-year-old is playing the hero pilot who performed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’, which saw him land a commercial passenger plane on the Hudson River in 2009.

Hanks was spotted in costume on set of the film Sully in New York City on Friday, complete with silver hair, mustache and uniform.

The film is being directed by Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood and Hanks stars alongside Aaron Eckhart, who is playing co-pilot Jeff Skiles.

Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger averted tragedy when he made an un-powered crash landing on the strip of water in New York after the plane’s engines were hit by a flock of geese, saving all 155 passengers on board.

Sullenberger and his co-pilot Jeffrey Zaslow retold the epic story in their book ‘Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters’ and Eastwood has adapted it for a movie.

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Captain Sullenberger, 64 – who retired in 2010 and now campaigns for flight safety – has previously said he is looking forward to seeing the film.

He said: ‘I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall.

‘The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.’

Meanwhile, the day’s shoot continued Hanks and a legion of other actors and extras were filmed making their dramatic escape from the sinking US Airways Flight 1549.

Hanks was still in his costume – a US Airways pilot’s uniform with white shirt and tie – and his expression was one of concern as the ‘passengers’ were ferried to safety on Manhattan’s Hudson River.

The Oscar-winning actor may have faced a challenge on location in rainy New York City, but he continued on with the scene like a trooper.

During a break, Hanks broke away from his stoic character and cracked a smile while conversing with the AD standing next to camera, which was covered in clear plastic to protect it from the drizzle.

The film’s director Clint Eastwood has a huge task before him trying to recreate the frightening crash landing on water, in which all passengers ditched the floating airline before it sank to the river bottom.

Considering the tough subjects in his other films, which include American Sniper, Hereafter, Flags Of Our Fathers and Unforgiven, he should manage alright.

Original footage and audio of actual landing by Capt Sully and Crew.


Posted By Charles D'Alberto