By Alyssa Pereira

Who better to play local legend Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger than another East Bay native, Tom Hanks?

In 2009, Sullenberger, the now-retired Danville-based pilot became a national hero when he safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a flock of birds that crashed into the plane sent it down. Sully valiantly saved the lives of all 155 people on the plane.

Sully’s story is being adapted into a full-length film directed by Clint Eastwood, and it appears that the film just found its lead character.

Despite rumors that Eastwood would himself play the lead role, according to Deadline, there are now sources saying that Warner Bros. and Eastwood are currently in talks with Hanks to play the Sullenberger.

“I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall,” the pilot said in a statement. “The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.”

The film will be adapted from a screenplay based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

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