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Trailer Watch: Tom Hanks Fends Off Somali Pirates in Paul Greengrass' 'Captain Phillips'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2013 at 11:53AM

The first trailer has arrived for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.
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"Captain Phillips"
"Captain Phillips"

The first trailer has arrived for Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks in the real-life story of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. 

The film is Greengrass' first since 2010's "Green Zone"; the director, best known for the second two "Bourne" installments in the original Matt Damon-starring trilogy, has been drawn to true stories before, directing the nail-biting 9/11 dramatization "United 93" in 2006.

Hanks was last seen in many guises in the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas" last fall.

"Captain Phillips" has an Oscar-friendly October 11 release date, via Sony.

This article is related to: Video, Tom Hanks, Paul Greengrass, Paul Greengrass, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.