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 Warshofsky. Captain Phillips will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 11th.
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.