Clint Eastwood’s Sully, the Tom Hanks-starring biopic about US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, now has a release date. Warner Bros has announced the film will hit theaters September 9, 2016, and that it will see Imax release as well.
The WB/Village Roadshow production will tell the near-miraculous story of the US Airways Flight 1549, the flight piloted by Sullenberger in January 2009 that saw its engines crippled by multiple bird strikes minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport. Without power and going down fast, Sullenberger pulled off an astonishing emergency landing in the Hudson river, ensuring that all crew and passengers survived. Noted for his calm demeanor and professionalism throughout the ordeal, he became a national hero in the weeks after. The event has been retold in numerous formats and became a common pop culture reference. It was also assumed to be partial inspiration for Robert Zemeckis’ Denzel Washington-starring thriller Flight.
Sully stars Tom Hanks in the title role and is directed by Eastwood from a script by Todd Komarnicki, based on Sullenberger’s autobiography Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters cowritten with Jeffrey Zaslow. Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Holt McCallany, Wayne Bastrup, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara also star.