Two-time Academy Awards winner Tom Hanks has nabbed a role of true-life hero in an upcoming Columbia Pictures film. He is attached to play Captain Richard Phillips in a movie that will retell the international incident of an American ship captured by Somali pirates in 2009, Deadline Hollywood reports.
The studio has acquired life rights to Phillips and his book, "A Captain's Duty", soon after the drama took place. Scott Rudin, Michael DeLuca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, who previously teamed up for "The Social Network", will once again join forces to produce this untitled Richard Phillips project. Billy Ray writes the script which captures Hanks' heart, Deadline says.
During the hostage situation, captain of the trading vessel Maersk Alabama, Phillips, surrendered himself to Somali pirates in order to save his crew after his ship was hijacked. Navy SEALs later stormed the lifeboat Phillips was riding in with this captors, rescued him, and killed three of the pirates.
Tom Hanks can next be seen in "Larry Crowne" in which he shares screen with Julia Roberts. He is currently shooting Scott Rudin-produced drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and is attached to star in Kathryn Bigelow-directed action movie "Triple Frontier".