Tom Hanks plays the pilot behind the 'Miracle on the Hudson' in the trailer for 'Sully'

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in New York City’s icy Hudson River after bird strikes caused its engines to fail.

The pilot of the plane, Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, instantly became a hero as all 155 passengers survived.

Now the events are coming to the big screen September 9 in the movie “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks playing Sullenberger. Clint Eastwood is directing. 

But as the movie’s first trailer shows, Sullenberger’s life would never be normal again. The constant media attention affects his personal life and investigations suggest he possibly could have gotten back to the airport rather than land in the river.

Hanks, with grey hair and mustache for the role, looks to give another performance that shows why he’s the Jimmy Stewart of our era. 

Watch the trailer below:


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