Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer for “Sully” (watch above), the upcoming biopic about Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the real-life pilot responsible for 2009’s Miracle on the Hudson, when 155 passengers and crew members on-board a US Airways flight survived an emergency landing in the Hudson River. It stars Tom Hanks as the title character and is directed by Clint Eastwood. The first collaboration between the two Oscar-winners, it opens September 9.
Hanks is a two-time Best Actor champ (“Philadelphia” in 1993, “Forrest Gump” in 1994) and one of only five actors to win awards back-to-back; the others were Spencer Tracy, Luise Rainer, Katharine Hepburn and Jason Robards. Hanks is one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars and overall a five-time nominee, but despite his consistent popular and critical success he hasn’t contended for an Oscar for 16 years. His last bid was for “Cast Away” (2000), in which he coincidentally played another man who survives a rough landing: a FedEx employee stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash. Hanks wasn’t even nominated for the recent Best Picture-nominees he headlined: “Captain Phillips” (2013) and “Bridge of Spies” (2015).
Director Eastwood is just as beloved, if not even more so. He has won four Oscars: Best Picture and Best Director for both “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). Those Oscar successes were 12 years apart, and it’s been 12 years since “Baby,” so perhaps he’s due another turn in the winner’s circle. Between writing, producing and acting, he’s been nominated a total of 11 times. His most recent was a Best Picture bid for the controversial true story “American Sniper.”
Will the combined power of Hanks and Eastwood lead to a return to Oscars for both? The cast also features three-time Oscar-nominee Laura Linney and double Emmy-champ Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”). Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below as well as in our forums.