A Captain's Duty, 2010Tom Hanks’ next movie role is based on Captain Richard Phillips’ memoir, A Captain’s Duty, about the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the unarmed merchant marine ship he commanded. Phillips became a national hero by courageously leading his crew to safety.

Titled Captain Phillips, it is directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremecy), and is coming to theaters on Oct 11.

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The book was heavily covered in the media when it came was first published in 2010 (see the real Captain Phillips on Dateline and on The Daily Show). A tie-in will be published on Sept. 24 (Hyperion).

One Response to “Tom Hanks Is CAPTAIN PHILLIPS”

  1. Barbara Says:

    I’m so looking forward to seeing this movie on opening day, Oct. 11. I’m sure it will eloquently explain how Capt. Phillips, a true hero, handles a crisis, one that most of the country, in following this abduction back in 2009, probably felt would end in tragedy for him. I couldn’t put the book down as I read it and I’m sure the movie, handled by the great Tom Hanks, will be riveting. BTW, Capt. Phillips has a remarkable sense of humor and he autographs his books with the words, “May you have a pirate-free life.” What a wonderful human being, as are his wife, Andrea, his children, and his mother. I don’t know how they managed to stand the strain of wondering how it would end…except knowing that their beloved husband, father, and son was under far greater strain. The book and, I predict, the movie: both American classics, just like Capt. Phillips and his family.