Tom Hanks has made a career out of playing the kind of guy that would give you the shirt off his back. But turning himself over to pirates in order to save his buddies?
Now that's taking it to a whole new level, even for Hanks.
But that's exactly what America's favorite on-screen conscience will be doing, as Deadline is reporting that the beloved superstar has agreed to star as Captain Richard Phillips in an upcoming movie from Sony about the real life nautical hero. Eat your heart out, Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Captain Phillips, as some of you may recall, made international headlines back in 2009 when the freighter he was commanding, the Maersk Alabama, was seized by Somali pirates. Phillips, who was taken as a hostage, was later rescued when a team of Navy snipers eliminated the pirates in a daring attack on the high seas.
The whole escapade, which at one point included a counterattack by the Maersk Alabama crew led by the ship's knife-wielding Chief Engineer, seemed tailor made for a big budget adaptation from the get-go. And Sony apparently agreed, cutting a deal with Phillips for the rights to his memoir, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea." The only question was who would play the role of Phillips.
Now that question has finally been answered and we've just got one thing to say to all the pirates out there: give it up.
Because with Tom Hanks on the opposite side, you just don't stand a chance.