"Captain Phillips" will open the 2013 New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Monday.
The film stars Tom Hanks in the title role of Captain Richard Phillips, who was piloting the Maersk Alabama when it was overtaken by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Paul Greengrass directs the feature, which is expected to be a major player during awards season. The New York Film Festival bow will act as the "Captain Phillips" world premiere. Sony will release the film on Oct. 11.
“It is a pleasure to welcome back Paul Greengrass to the New York FIlm Festival with the world premiere of his gripping drama 'Captain Phillips,'" Rose Kuo, the Executive Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, said in a press release announcing the premiere. (Greengrass debuted his film "Bloody Sunday" at the 2002 New York Film Festival.) "Tom Hanks is terrific at capturing the vulnerability, terror and heroism of the harrowing journey of 'Captain Phillips.'"
Speculation was that "Captain Phillips" could land at the New York Film Festival after it was left off the roster at the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year, "Life of Pi" served as the opening night film; Ang Lee's feature wound up earning a Best Picture nomination at the 85th annual Academy Awards, while Lee himself won the Best Director trophy.
For more on "Captain Phillips," head to the New York Film Festival website.