Tom Hanks to star in Somali pirate biopic

Actor Tom Hanks speaks onstage during the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Jan. 22, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Producers Guild

Appearing eight times, actor Tom Hanks often spoofed himself and his own films while guest hosting on "Saturday Night Live." During his many guest appearances, the Oscar-winner was inducted in the "SNL" Five-Timers Club, starred in skits like "Mr. Short Term Memory" and was often seen competing on the "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch.
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(CBS) - "Castaway." "Apollo 13." Don't any of Tom Hanks' trips end well?

Now the star is slated to play Captain Richard Phillips, the head of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama hijacked by pirates in 2009.

Phillips gave himself up as a hostage to keep his crew from being kidnapped, and the ordeal lasted three days before Navy SEALS raided the ship and killed three pirates.

Cpt. Phillips was hailed as a hero and got a book deal out of the story, "A Captain's Duty." The movie is based off of this memoir.

There is no director attached yet, but many of the producers from "The Social Network" - including Kevin Spacey, Scott Rudin and Mike De Luca - are on board, according to Deadline.

  • Bailey Johnson

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