"Captain Phillips" premiered at New York Film Festival on Friday, September 27 to mark the opening night of the annual festival. The title character depicter, Tom Hanks, surely did not miss the event, suiting up for the special occasion.
The Academy Award-winning actor was joined by co-stars Barkhad Abdi, Mahat M. Ali and Faysal Ahmed, who were all clad in black-and-white outfit, on the red carpet. Another cast member Yul Vazquez also supported the special screenig, showing off the pirate lining of his blazer which matched the theme of his film.
The premiere was made starrier with the presence of actress Naomi Watts, who looked pretty in a strapless LBD, featuring a bowed bust and full skirt, paired with patent leather pumps. She posed with her "While We're Young" co-stars Adam Driver and Charles Grodin on the red carpet.
Directed by Paul Greengrass, "Captain Phillips" is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. It will open wide in U.S. theaters on October 11.
The movie has received positive reviews, particularly for Tom Hanks' performance as the heroic ship captain. He met the real-life seaman to prepare for the role. He told reporters ahead of the film premiere at NYFF, "You have to load up on an awful lot of facts. You have to read a lot. And there's always a moment when a tumbler kicks into place."