Who Should Land the Role of Captain Sully on the Big Screen?

Who Should Land the Role of Captain Sully on the Big Screen?
Clockwise from top left: Sam Worthington, William H. Macy, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins and (center) Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III
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10/02/2010 AT 04:00 PM EDT

You could say Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III knows a thing or two about happy endings: He miraculously landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January 2009, saving the lives of all 155 passengers onboard.

Almost two years later, that moment will be played out on the big screen in a film adaptation of Sullenberger's memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, reports Variety.

But the Captain, who had been previously approached by other parties, wasn't originally onboard with a film adaptation – until Harrison Ford, who is also a licensed pilot, stepped in.

Ford recommended producing team Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, the producers behind the Indiana Jones saga.





"It was my lucky day," Marshall says. "Kathy and I have always been attracted to regular people in extraordinary situations. This guy is a true American hero."

Now that the script is in the works, it's a question of finding the right leading man to wear Sully's wings. Which actor would make his story soar on the big screen?

Sam Worthington: He's already played a Sully before. In Avatar, Worthington played Corporal Jake Sully, who shares the captain's nickname.

William H. Macy: The two-time Emmy Award-winning actor rocks Sully's signature mustache. Enough said.

Richard Jenkins: Aside from his proven penchant for the big screen, Jenkins has experience in roles set against New York City (The Visitor), the backdrop for Sully's story.

Chris Cooper: If his Academy Award-winning performance in Adaptation says anything, it's this: He can do drama and print-film translations – that is what the film is about, after all.



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