On January 15, 2009, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after it struck a gaggle of geese shortly after takeoff. The crash landing and the events that followed it are now the subject of the Clint Eastwood film starring Tom Hanks titled simply, "Sully".
Sullenberger was hailed as a hero for saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew members, who were rescued from what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson."
In the first trailer for the film "Sully," star Tom Hanks says "Over 40 years in the air, but in the end I'm going to be judged on 208 seconds."
While many regarded Capt. Sullenberger as a hero, Clint Eastwood's Sully shows life after the incident was plagued with questioning and self-doubt.
"Simulations show that you could make it back to the airport," Charles Porter (Mike O'Malley) tells the captain.
Hanks' character admits to being "overwhelmed by all this attention" and starts becoming skeptical of his own actions. "What if I did get this wrong?" he asks. "What if I endangered the lives of all those passengers?"
Oscar Buzz For Tom Hanks
The film has not even been released yet and already there is talk of yet another Oscar for the two-time Academy Award winning actor (he won the "Best Actor" award for his roles in 'Forrest Gump' and 'Philadelphia'). In 2001 Hanks was nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in another plane-crash film, 'Castaway' (the award went to Russell Crowe for his role in 'Gladiator').
The Today Show says; "Even though we know how this story ends, and that Sullenberger (who retired in 2010 after 30 years of service to the airline) actually turns out to be the kind of in-air and on-ground good guy we don't see enough of (in real life, he located a library book he'd been toting on the downed flight and returned it to the New York Public Library, getting a key to the city in return), it still looks like the kind of movie we'll be on the edge of our seats for."
"Sully," which also stars Laura Linney as Sullenberger's wife and Aaron Eckhart as his co-pilot, opens in theaters September 9.
The movie is based on the book 'Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters' by Capt. Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. Pick up a copy HERE.