Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips to open New York Film Festival


Paul Greengrass’ dramatic thriller Captain Phillips has been announced to open the New York Film Festival this year, which is an excellent way to premiere the film, which I’m sure is hankering for a few awards in coming months! Check out some new images below.

Starring Tom Hanks, the film is the first we have seen from Greengrass since 2010’s Green Zone, with Captain Phillips looks every bit as riveting as all his previous films.

The film is based on a true story, which gives it some added authenticity, and Tom Hanks appears to play his part, as always, perfectly. Hanks plays the Captain Phillips of the title, a man who’s ship is boarded and taken over by Somali pirates. The first trailer was released back in May and looks intense, exciting, and quite scary too.

Directed by Greengrass, the screenplay was written by Billy Ray and is a true story is adapted from the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea”, written by Richard Phillips.

The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Max Martini, John Magaro and Christopher Stadulis.

The film is also likely to premiere at the 2013 Venice Film festival and is due for release in cinemas on 11th October 2013.


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 and 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.



(Images via The Playlist)


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