The 86 years young Clint Eastwood still seems like a spry guy, directing a movie pretty much every two years like clockwork, sometimes less (only Woody Allen, with his once-a-year movies, has him beat). Eastwood is charging hard into awards season with “Sully,” a drama starring Tom Hanks about Chesley Sullenberger, the renowned airline captain who became a hero after safely executing an emergency water landing of the plane he was piloting in the Hudson River, saving all of the flight’s 155 crew and passengers. Here’s the official synopsis:

From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby”) comes drama “Sully: Miracle On The Hudson”, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully’s wife Lorraine Sullenberger.

While not hitting the fall film festival circuit per se, it’s been heavily rumored for a bow at the Telluride Film Festival. We’ll find out soon enough. For now, “Sully” opens in theaters nationwide on September 8. Warner Brothers has unleashed 30-plus images from the movie: see below.

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More photos on page 2.

  • ASFan

    This will not be a real Oscar contender. Maybe for performances, but the story looks to stretch the facts because the real life event was only compelling for a 4-5 minute window. The rest of it, the investigation, was a standard dull investigation and yet to make a movie out of it, they need to focus on made-up attempts to discredit Sully.