New Delhi: Tom Hanks new film, Captain Phillips, which is based on the memoirs of Captain Richard Phillips, talks about the latter`s encounter with Somali pirates.
Sony Pictures` upcoming adventure drama is not just making news for its riveting storyline but is also being pegged as Hanks` third shot at the Oscars for his portrayal of the real life Captain Phillips.
Based on the true incident of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009, this is yet another drama based on a true story featuring the actor, who is self-admittedly fascinated by adaptations of real life happenings to the silver screen.
Talking about the appeal non-fictional stories hold for him, the actor said, "I`m fascinated constantly by nonfiction entertainment. I`m the type of guy that reads the newspaper and sees a story that really happened and says, `Well, this is better than most movies."
Commenting on his reasons to take up this movie, Hanks further added: "We`ve seen quite a few fictionalized versions of what can happen when bad guys try to take over a ship or a plane, but because this is a real event, it presents one of the biggest challenges a filmmaker can face, which is: what really happened and how do we make that so gripping that it warrants holding a place in commercial entertainment?"
The movie, directed by Paul Greengrass, also stars Academy award nominated Catherine Keener and is set to release in India on 18th October.