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‘Captain Phillips’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Fights Off Pirates

Tom Hanks has two big starring roles this fall, one in ‘Captain Phillips‘ another in ‘Saving Mr. Banks.’ He once won Best Actor Oscars in consecutive years, perhaps this year he’ll be nominated twice. Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Phillips,’ which shows more of the scope of the film.

Where the first trailer focused on Phillips’ ship being taken over by pirates, here we get to see what happens after the pirates gain control, and our first glimpse at a woman appearing in the movie (Catherine Keener). And though the faux-documentary may remind some of ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ this is the approach director Paul Greengrass has taken for years. This looks like it could be both great, and a serious awards contender.

‘Captain Phillips’ opens October 11. Here’s the film’s synopsis:

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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