Clint Eastwood's new film based on real-life hero

Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood's new movie is based on Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009

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Clint Eastwood's new film will be a real-life tale of an heroic pilot.

The 85-year-old filmmaker has been tasked with directing 'Miracle on the Hudson', which is based on Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger's memoirs from landing a US flight in New York's Hudson River in 2009, which saved 155 passengers' lives.

Sullenberger said he is "very glad" the filmmaker - whose last movie was 2014's 'American Sniper' - has been chosen to head up the film and considers his story to be in the hands of a "gifted" director.

The pilot said: "I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall.

"The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team."

Meanwhile, Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. President, said: "Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure.

"On the heels of his extraordinary work in 'American Sniper', it is tremendously exciting to see him explore the life of another captivating true-life hero.

"It is also great to be collaborating with Frank Marshall and Allyn Stewart to produce this compelling script by Todd Komarnicki."

Filming is planned to commence in autumn 2015.

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
  • UK release: 2 December 2016

The story of pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (Hanks), who became an unassuming hero in 2009 after successfully ditching a US Airways Airbus 320 on the Hudson River. Eckhart gives strong support as co-pilot Jeff Skiles but the film belongs to Hanks, whose understated performance, with the skilful re-enactments of the…

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