See new trailer for 'Sully,' the Tom Hanks 'Miracle on the Hudson' movie

See new trailer for 'Sully,' the Tom Hanks 'Miracle on the Hudson' movie

CHARLOTTE, NC (Theoden Janes/The Charlotte Observer) - Warner Bros. has unveiled the first trailer for its forthcoming drama, "Sully," and frankly, it looks vaguely similar to the original trailer for 2012's "Flight" – which was also about the dramatic and heroic emergency landing of a commercial airliner, and the subsequent investigation.

The key difference, of course, is that "Flight" was fiction and "Sully" is based on actual events.

Almost certainly you know of them: On Jan. 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 took off from New York City's LaGuardia Airport (bound for Charlotte) and ran smack into a flock of Canadian geese, causing the loss of power to both engines. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger made a brilliant landing on the freezing waters of the Hudson River; all 155 people on board survived.

The two-minute preview, which touched down on the internet Wednesday night, opens with Sullenberger – portrayed by Academy Award winner Tom Hanks ("Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia") – appearing to suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Then Hanks provides this solemn voice-over: "No one warned us. No one said, 'You are going to lose both engines at a lower altitude than any jet in history.' This was dual engine loss at 2,800 feet, followed by immediate water landing, with 155 souls on board. No one has ever trained for an incident like that."

In real-life, less than 3 1/2 minutes elapsed between the Airbus A320's run-in with the birds and the emergency splash-down. The trailer provides a few glimpses of the before and after, but not of the actual impact. There are also multiple shots of Laura Linney, who plays Sullenberger's wife Lorraine, and Aaron Eckhart, who plays his first officer Jeff Skiles.

Most of the dialogue we get, though, suggests the federal inquiry into the "forced water landing" (as Hanks' Sully refers to it) plays the biggest role in the film. "The left engine was still operating," an investigator says to Sully. "Simulation showed that you could make it back to the airport," says another.

He's asked: "When was your last drink, Captain Sullenberger? Have you had any troubles at home?"

Which leads him to wonder: "What if I did get this wrong? What if I endangered the lives of all those passengers?"

"Over 40 years in the air," Hanks/Sully says, "but in the end, I'm gonna be judged on 208 seconds."

From everything we've been told, though, Sullenberger is an American hero. And the fact that the incident is still referred to as "The Miracle on the Hudson" in no way suggests he got it wrong, as the word "miracle" typically is associated only with ultra-positive things – like astonishing Olympic hockey wins and cute babies.

Anyway, we'll just have to trust that "Sully's" Oscar-winning director, Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven"), can tell us lots we didn't know about this story, in dramatic fashion.

"Sully" is in theaters nationwide on Sept. 9.

A few other odds and ends about the movie and its inspiration, if you're still reading:

  • “Sully” is Eastwood’s first directorial effort since 2014’s “American Sniper,” which earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Picture.
  • At one point in the new trailer, Hanks/Sully is shown jogging through Times Square as NBC news coverage of the splash-landing is beamed onto a giant screen. Careful viewers will also notice multiple video billboards touting Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” which came out six days before the incident.
  • “Sully” is the first film to be shot almost entirely with IMAX cameras.
  • Two fuselages of retired jetliners were used for water scenes in California, and most of the rest of the movie, based on Sullenberger’s autobiography (“Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow), was filmed in Georgia.
  • Since 2011, the Airbus A320 has been a centerpiece attraction at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, off Billy Graham Boulevard in Charlotte. It was transported to Charlotte from New Jersey in 2011 and reassembled using all the remaining parts.
  • Last October, Eastwood paid a visit to the museum as part of his research for the film, and was joined by Sullenberger, first officer Skiles and flight attendants Donna Dent, Sheila Dail and Doreen Welsh.
  • An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found no one to be at fault in the extraordinary incident, and no lawsuits were ever filed against US Airways, the plane’s manufacturer, Airbus, or any other entity involved in the flight. After the NTSB findings, passengers were offered $10,000 in exchange for release against future claims.