On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” and the heroic pilot involved–Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who turned around and glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River after it struck a flock of geese while flying out of LaGuardia Airport. His direction and quick thinking saved the lives of all 155 passengers aboard the plane and made Sully a national hero and instant celebrity. Sully retired a year later, wrote his memoirs and concentrated on a new career as an international speaker on airline safety. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Based on the true disastrous-turned-miraculous event (and Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty), comes the biographical drama, Sully. The film, directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, stars Tom Hanks as main character, Sully, and includes a supporting cast comprised of Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara. The film also reunites Eastwood with several of his longtime collaborators, who most recently worked with the director on the worldwide hit American Sniper: director of photography Tom Stern and production designer James J. Murakami, who were both Oscar-nominated for their work on The Changeling; costume designer Deborah Hopper; and editor Blu Murray.
The subject the film focuses is on, the real-life Sully Sullenberger himself, said in a statement forwarded by Warner Bros. Pictures that he’s totally on board with the film and has been throughout the entire filming process.
“The story being told came from my experiences, and reflects the many challenges that I faced and successfully overcame both during and after the flight,” the statement said. “I was involved in the development and am thrilled it’s being brought to the screen by master filmmaker Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks.”
Sully will be released by Warner Bros. in conventional and IMAX theaters on September 9, 2016. The film is rated PG-13 for some peril and brief strong language, and has a runtime of 130 minutes.