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Hanks to play captain in next

Veteren actor Tom Hanks has been signed up to play the role of high-seas hero Captain Richard Phillips, who sacrificed himself to Somali pirates to save his cargo ship’s crew.

hollywood Updated: Mar 19, 2011 00:50 IST

Veteren actor Tom Hanks has been signed up to play the role of high-seas hero Captain Richard Phillips, who sacrificed himself to Somali pirates to save his cargo ship’s crew. According to the

Hollywood Reporter

, the company that produced

The

Social

Network

, will adapt Phillips’ memoir

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals

,

and

Dangerous Days at Sea

, reports the

Independent

. The story follows Captain Phillips, who is rescued after three days of being held hostage by the pirates, when Navy Seals release him from his captors. Screenwriter Billy Ray (

State of Play

) is said to be working on a script for the film.