On January 15, 2009, veteran US Airways pilot Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger become an instantly recognizable American hero when he successfully landed an Airbus A320 onto the Hudson River – after a flock of geese took out both engines on the commercial aircraft. With the help of his co-pilot Jeff Skiles, “Sully” saved all 155 passengers on board in an event that has since become known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.”
Given the rather outsized patriotism inherently implied by such a homegrown legend, Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (American Sniper) is now bringing the story behind “The Miracle on the Hudson” to the big screen in the form of Sully. Starring Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies) as the eponymous American hero, the new movie is based in part on the real life US Airways pilot’s autobiography Highest Duty. But as previously intimated by the first trailer, not everything went smoothly following an act of incredible heroism.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ newly-released Sully IMAX trailer (see above) further drives that idea home – showing that Eastwood’s film highlights how Sully was interrogated after his miraculous landing, with people wanting to know the truth about the man behind the headline-making event. While Sully may have become an instant culture hero, the film will explore the degree to which the pilot’s actions as a commercial aviator were held under intense (and potentially unwarranted) scrutiny by an officially sanctioned investigative board.
As Eastwood makes clear in the beginning intro to the latest IMAX trailer, Sully seeks to tell audiences the other side of the story to “The Miracle on the Hudson” – one in which the actions of the film’s titular American hero were placed in dubiously placed doubt. Co-starring Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen) as co-pilot Jeff Skiles and Laura Linney (who also worked with Eastwood on Mystic River) as Lorraine Sullenberger, Eastwood’s latest film certainly appears to be in keeping with his outstanding body of work from a narrative standpoint.
Whether or not viewers will be as eager to see an already well-known story told with a largely unknown perspective is up for debate. Sully looks to be another grand melodramatic epic of American heroism that could potentially uplift viewers – and with any luck, Eastwood’s latest movie will prove to be a critical darling, driven by finely-tuned performances from its impeccable cast of A-list character actors.
Sully will see theatrical release in the U.S. on September 9, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures