Though Clint Eastwood first earned himself name recognition in Hollywood as an actor, he has since made the move to working behind the camera, with historic films like Letters from Iwo Jima, biopics like J. Edgar, and modern biographical dramas such as 2014's American Sniper. His latest directorial effort is the upcoming biopic Sully, originally titled Miracle on the Hudson, based on Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger - the U.S. Airways pilot who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in 2009.
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies) stars as Sullenberger in the film, which began production late in 2015, with a photo of the star and director being released earlier this year. Now, the first trailer for Sully has been released, along with an image of Hanks in costume with co-star Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen), who plays Sullenberger's co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles.
Warner Bros. released the official trailer for Sully (above), which will follow Sullenberger's "forced water landing" that saved 155 passengers and the subsequent investigation into his life, which threatened to destroy his reputation and career. Sully co-stars Laura Linney (Mr. Holmes) as Sullenberger's wife Lorraine; Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger) penned the scripted based on the novel Highest Duty that was written by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.
Additionally, People released an image of Sullenberger and Skiles. Take a look:
People also spoke with Eckhart about the process of filming Sully; both he and Hanks practiced in a simulator of the Airbus A320 - the airplane Sullenberger and Skiles landed in the Hudson. Plus, the actor said Sullenberger himself visited the set of Sully and helped Hanks get into character:
"[Hanks] really embodied him, and obviously spent a lot of time with Sully, and 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."
Presumably, Sully will be a contender for next year's Oscars, as many of Eastwood's films have been in the past, though the September release is a bit early for awards season. However, it should be noted that Warner Bros. did schedule the film's opening weekend to coincide with the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
The release of Sully, a story about a man considered to be a hero by many New Yorkers, in early September may be one way in which Hollywood honors the anniversary of one of the city's darkest moments. Aside from the real-world timing of the film's debut, though, the trailer certainly seems to indicate Eastwood's directing and Hank's performance will come together in Sully to create another compelling biopic.
Sully lands in theaters September 9th, 2016.
Source: Warner Bros., People