Sony Pictures has confirmed that Tom Hanks is, in fact, attached to play Richard Phillips, the cargo ship Captain who offered himself up as a hostage in order to save his crew in the 2009 Somali pirates incident. The news was first reported by Deadline.
The film will be based on Philiips' memoires called A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea. Phillips was ultimately rescued by SEAL snipers in a daring rescue.
The final deal is not in place for Hanks, but negotiations are definitely well underway.