The official trailer for the new movie about the 2009 Maersk Alabama piracy incident, titled “Captain Phillips,” has just dropped.
The movie stars stars Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips and is based on his book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea.”
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Of course the incident ended – spoiler alert – with Captain Phillips being taken hostage by the pirates aboard a lifeboat until a team of U.S. Navy Seal snipers on the nearby USS Bainbridge took care of business in rather dramatic fashion.
Enough talk though… here’s the trailer:
Phillips was hailed as a hero following the incident, but later came under fire after he was accused by former members of his crew of endangering the ship by ignoring warnings about Somali pirates and sailing too close to the Somali coast, sparking lawsuits. In fact, two crewmembers have already settled and another nine are looking to cash in on a $50 million lawsuit charging that Phillips put their lives at risk by sailing into pirate infested waters. But that’s not what this movie is about…
“Captain Phillips” is directed by Paul Greengrass, who also directed The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93, the story of one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
“Captain Phillips” will be released on October 11, 2013 in the United States. International release dates can be found HERE.
So what do you think, will you see it?