Tom Hanks to Play Captain Richard Phillips in Somali Pirates Movie

March 15, 2011
Source: Deadline

Tom Hanks

They delivered a film that was both relevant and riveting with The Social Network in 2010 (my favorite film of the year), and now producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Kevin Spacey are taking another real-life story straight from newspaper headlines to the big screen. Deadline reports the producing team will adapt the story of Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama who gave himself up as a hostage to Somali pirates in order to keep his crew safe from the ruthless men. In addition, they apparently have Tom Hanks attached to play the ship's captain. Look out Jack Sparrow!

Phillips spent three days as a hostage of the Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALs in a raid that resulted in three dead captors and one captured pirate. His heroic exploits landed him a book deal and it's the Phillips' memoir, A Captain's Story: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea, that was optioned by Sony Pictures for the feature film. The book was published lat year and the script from Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach) is what convinced Hanks to jump on board. Of course, the actor may also be on another ship as Hanks is also supposed to join Tim Allen for a live action film based on Disney's Jungle Cruise theme park attraction. Captain Phillips story sounds a little more substantial though. What do you think?

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Could be good...Hanks definitely makes me excited for it.

Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011


Will they get Depp to play the malnourished pirate? I think these pirates are cooler than the Disney one's

Crapola on Mar 15, 2011


as least it isn't another da vinci code flick

Guest on Mar 16, 2011


Hollywood they have to hire..reall somli poeple to act this movie..reall pirates..i hope this movie not to fail like what happen black hawk down

somali pirate girl on Mar 19, 2011


I heard that Tom Hanks to Play Captain Richard Phillips in Somali Pirates Movie. There fore I am a Somali man who would like to join acting this film as a pirate or whatever. I currently live in Warsaw, Poland. I speak many languages including good english. My contacts: email:,  

Yahie on Nov 5, 2011


cool not bad

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018

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