In an effort to goose Oscar buzz, Sony is re-releasing Captain Phillips into theaters starting Wednesday, January 15th. The Tom Hanks-starrer is expected to expand to 1,000 theaters from its current tally of 640 by the time the Academy Award nominations are announced the very next day. Hanks plays the title role, the captain of a ship taken over by Somali pirates. The action-adventure biopic has already made north of $100 million domestically and is nearing $200 million worldwide. On the awards front, buzz is building for newcomer Barkhad Abdi, who played the lead pirate thrust into taking action that was far beyond his own abilities. Hit the jump for more.
News of Sony’s re-release of Captain Phillips comes via Deadline. The film will appear on DVD and Blu-ray a week later on Tuesday, January 21st, so the theatrical re-release stands to give audiences a chance to check out the awards-worthy performances on the big screen before picking up a copy for home viewing. Final Oscar ballots are due February 25th. Keep up with all of our Academy Awards coverage with Adam’s Oscar Beat, read Matt’s review of the film here, and check out the trailer for Captain Phillips below if you haven’t already:
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.