Tom Hanks Is A Real Hero In 'Captain Phillips' Trailer
May 8th, 2013 3:43pm EDT
Heads up, Academy voters. Hollywood's very favorite good guy is bringing it again.
This time, Tom Hanks stars as a real American hero in Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," the gut-wrenching trailer for which is now in.
The film depicts the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somalian pirates in 2009 after they boarded and seized the U.S.-flagged and unarmed cargo ship Maersk Alabama. He'd surrendered himself to the vicious group in order to protect the nineteen crew members on board who were then able to hide from the ship's attackers. After a dramatic five day stand-off between the Somali pirates and the U.S. Navy, Seal Team snipers executed three of the captors and returned the captain to his family, safe and sound.
Put simply, this is one heck of a nationalistic story — 'Merica ya'll! — and Hanks certainly had his work cut out for him in bringing on-screen justice to the brave man. So, don't be too surprised if Daniel Day-Lewis soon gets some company with that three-peat Oscar distinction.
After all, it's been the better part of two decades since Hanks snagged up his little statues for becoming this AIDS-stricken crusader in "Philadelphia" ...
... and this happenstance historical event-hopper with the mind of a child.
It's probably about that time, then, right?
Billy Ray wrote the script based on Phillips' biographical book, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea," and the film will hit theaters on Oct. 11.
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