New Trailer for Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Starring Tom Hanks

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Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for director Paul Greengrass’ (The Bourne Ultimatum) new film Captain Phillips.  The pic stars Tom Hanks as real life ship captain Richard Phillips who allowed himself to be taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009 in exchange for the safety of his crew.  In addition to teasing what’s sure to be a suspenseful and thrilling ride, this trailer also hints that Greengrass will be touching on issues larger than gunfights and heroic sacrifices; mixing big ideas and tough questions with the thriller genre has become something of Greengrass’ specialty.  This is refreshing to see, and I expect it will be incredibly compelling to watch the interplay between Hanks’ Phillips and his captors.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahaman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, and David WarshofskyCaptain Phillips will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 11th.

Via Sony.

Here’s the official synopsis for Captain Phillips:

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is – through Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).  Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.  The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.


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  • Mo

    If you just watched the first 40 secs of the trailer you would think it was a racist movie (see bunch of black people and white guys think they’re gonna get robbed)

    • Zeke

      It’s a true story.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      You’re a fucking idiot
      Holy shit, that was the dumbest and most ignorant shit I’ve ever read

      • goop

        It’s a pretty dumb comment, but we can chill on the hyperbole. “Most ignorant”? C’mon.

      • Sweet Pea

        To be fair, Leolo could’ve lead a sheltered life till now, and that really is the most ignorant shit they’ve ever read. You’re presumptuous comment has infuriated me, it’s the cumbest and most ignorant shit I’ve ever read.

    • -

      Yeah, because it’s more likely that these Somalian pirates would be white.

  • Matt Sallusti

    If they make these bastard pirates sympathetic then Hollywood is beyond help. Period. And not worth saving.

    • goop

      You must not know shit about Somalia. Thank god Paul Greengrass is less ignorant than you. Corporations poisoned the Somali shoreline for years, until the people could no longer fish (a major form of income for the country), so you’re not mad about the reality that created a desperate population, but you’re eager to blame the victim for reacting to their circumstances. Please, if you care about people, go learn something about something.

    • Travis Gowen

      I don’t know if it is so much them making the pirates sympathetic as much as it is telling the whole story of what happened (as opposed to just the typical Hollywood adaptation where it is good vs. bad). I think research will show the pirates were more than just gang banger thugs out to wreck havoc (not condoning their actions, just making a statement). I am very interested in seeing how this movie plays out. The previews look amazing.

  • Hopes Elysium doesnt suck

    The thing I remember most about this story was one of the best sniper shots I have ever read about.

  • holland

    wtf? There’s no rust on those guns, must be crap then.

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