Tom Hanks in talks to portray Captain Sully in Clint Eastwood film

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Tom Hanks May Be Taking on Another Real-Life Role

Warner Bros. is behind the movie, which centers on the true-life heroism dubbed Miracle on the Hudson.

Tom Hanks is in negotiations to portray Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's take on the true-life heroism dubbed Miracle on the Hudson.

Warner Bros. is behind the movie, which is being produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, a retired airline captain famous for landing a commercial jet on the Hudson River, celebrates the five-year anniversary of 'The Miracle on the Hudson' on January 15, 2014 in New York City. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members. The plane hit a goose shortly after take off, forcing Sullenberger to land the plane in the Hudson River; no one was killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (L), a retired airline captain famous for landing a commercial jet on the Hudson River and his first officer from the flight, Jeff Skiles, celebrate the five year anniversary of 'The Miracle on the Hudson' at a press conference and photo opportunity on January 15, 2014 in New York City. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members. The plane hit a goose shortly after take off, forcing Sullenberger to land the plane in the Hudson River; no one was killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, a retired airline captain famous for landing a commercial jet on the Hudson River, celebrates the five year anniversary of 'The Miracle on the Hudson' on January 15, 2014 in New York City. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members. The plane hit a goose shortly after take off, forcing Sullenberger to land the plane in the Hudson River; no one was killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger (R), a retired airline captain famous for landing a commercial jet on the Hudson River, hugs a passenger from the flight at a press conference celebrating the five year anniversary of 'The Miracle on the Hudson' on January 15, 2014 in New York City. On January 15, 2009, Sullenberger took off from La Guardia airport while piloting US Airways Flight 1549 with 150 passengers and five crew members. The plane hit a goose shortly after take off, forcing Sullenberger to land the plane in the Hudson River; no one was killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The story of Sullenberg made national headlines in January 2009. Sullenberger and his crew had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport when both engines were knocked out by a flock of Canada geese.

The veteran pilot quickly realized there was no time to return to LaGuardia or reach another airport, so he made the decision to attempt a water landing on the Hudson. The plan worked, and all 155 people on board survived. He instantaneously achieved hero status and was dubbed "Captain Cool" by then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Hanks was Eastwood and the studio's first choice but also the most popular choice, going by reader polls that sprung up after THR first broke the news of Eastwood's latest project. (Hanks, 58, is basically the same as Sullenberger was when he made his heroic landing.)

One thing that needs to be worked out is scheduling. Hanks is currently shooting Inferno with Ron Howard for Sony and Eastwood wants to begin shooting in September. Also, Hanks will need to spend time this fall promoting Bridge of Spies, the Cold War thriller directed by Steven Spielberg that hits theaters Oct. 14 in hopes of an awards run.

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