7:30 PM, 20th October, 2016
Between the two of them, Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood have appeared in over 100 films, won six Oscars and been nominated for 17 more, making them two of Hollywood’s most prolific actor-writer-director triple threats. Hanks has a particular knack for playing real-life heroes in fact-based films like Apollo 13, Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies. Eastwood, on the other hand, has had tremendous success as a director, with his most recent directorial effort – 2014’s American Sniper – now the highest-grossing film of his storied career, and the most successful war film of all time.
It seems such a no-brainer to pair Eastwood (directing) and Hanks (starring) together for a film that one can only wonder why it took so long. And this particular project – the biopic of yet another real-life American hero – seems like the perfect film for the two legends to finally come together on.
Sully tells the true story of Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the American pilot flying US Airways Flight 1549 when both of the plane’s engines were disabled after striking a flock of geese in 2009. Sully eventually executed an emergency water landing on the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers on board, in what quickly became known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson’.
It’s undoubtedly an incident rife for cinematic adaptation and who better to do bring this larger-than-life story to the big screen than Hanks and Eastwood? Be sure to get a head start on your Oscar viewing for 2017 and come along!