Tom Hanks, last seen on the big screen in 2009's 'Angels & Demons,' is poised to make a big splash by signing on to play Capt. Richard Phillips in Sony's adaptation of 'A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea,' Phillips' memoir of his harrowing experience with Somali pirates in 2009, according to a report at Deadline.

Phillips was the leader of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama and gave himself up as a hostage to the pirates to save his crew; he was rescued three days later when Navy SEALs staged a raid that left three captors dead and another in custody.

Hanks, who is very picky about his projects, took a liking to a draft of the script for the film recently turned in by 'The Hunger Games' writer Billy Ray.
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