Tom Hanks already saved that Private Ryan fellow. Now, he’s back to the heroics in Sully, the Clint Eastwood-helmed film about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who landed his disabled passenger jet in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 souls on board. But the tale doesn’t end there.
In the first trailer for the Oscar-bait film (watch above), we not only see a tantalizing re-creation of the harrowing 2009 emergency water landing of Flight 1549 but also its aftermath: specifically the emotional toll the episode and resulting inquiry took on Sullenberger, who was hailed as a hero in the media but had his judgment impugned by investigators.
“No one warned us,” says a soul-searching Hanks, sporting white hair and mustache to mirror his character. “No one has ever trained for an incident like that…
“What if I did get this wrong; what if I endangered the lives of all those passengers.”
Promising to reveal the “untold story” behind the so-called Miracle on the Hudson, Sully is the first feature from Eastwood since 2014’s American Sniper. The Warner Bros. film, which co-stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney, is based on Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty.
Sully arrives in theaters on Sept. 9, just in time for the start of the fall awards season — where, considering its Academy Awards-sanctioned pedigree and plum release date, it figures to be a key player.