Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper was the high-grossing movie of 2014, raking in over $337 million domestically, and even more worldwide.
As a result of this success, the 85 year-old director is now free to make virtually any movie he wants. While his last project honored Chris Kyle, he has chosen to honor a different kind of American hero with his next film. A few months ago, he announced he would be directing Warner Bros.’ upcoming film about Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and now the cast is beginning to take shape.
According to EW, Tom Hanks is set to star as the pilot who pulled off the landing that has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson” in 2009. Sullenberger managed to carry out an emergency landing of a US Airways plane after a flock of geese knocked out their engines. There were 155 people onboard, and thanks to Sullenberger, there were no deaths or serious injuries.
This week, it was announced that Aaron Eckhart has been cast in the film as Jeff Skiles, the first officer and co-pilot on the plane. Eckhart is known for his starring roles in films like The Dark Knight and Olympus Has Fallen.
The script of the film is being written by Todd Komarnicki, the writer behind Elf. The movie is being produced by Allyn Stewart, Academy Award nominee Frank Marshall, and frequent Eastwood-collaborator Tim Moore.
It’s inspiring that Eastwood is considering to do such inspiring work well into his 80s. Keep it up, Mr. Eastwood, and we can’t wait to see your next film!