Hanks To Play Hero Sea Captain Phillips

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March 15, 2011 | 7:00pm EST

Tom Hanks has been cast as heroic sea captain Richard Phillips in a new movie.
Phillips hit the headlines in 2009 when his cargo ship was stormed by Somali pirates. He offered himself as a hostage, providing the rest of his crew was allowed to sail away.

He was finally rescued by Navy SEALs and wrote about his ordeal in the book A Captain’s Duty.