Captain Phillips to open London Film Festival

captain phillipsPaul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, will premiere at the opening night of the BFI's London Film Festival on 9 October. The film is Greengrass' take on the true story of the US container ship Maersk Alabama which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Hanks plays the captain of the vessel.

Judging by the trailer, the film is typical Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, United 93) with plenty of shaky cam and no shortage of deafening gunfire, which will no doubt help ramp up the tension and believability of the film.

Captain Phillips comes from Sony Pictures, and was shot at Longross Studios and in Malta.

BFI's Clare Stewart said: "We are thrilled to be opening the BFI London Film Festival by welcoming Paul Greengrass - one of the great supporters of the BFI and British film - back to London for the European premiere of Captain Phillips. Our Festival audiences will be captivated by Greengrass's virtuoso filmmaking; Captain Phillips is an intense, high-stakes drama, focusing on two men forced onto a collision course by global political forces much larger than themselves."

You can watch the trailer of the film below: