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Hanks film to open New York fes

Tom Hanks' new film Captain Phillips is set to premiere at the 2013 New York Film Festival.

Paul Greengrass' true-life thriller about the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 will open the festival on September 27, reported Screen Daily.

Tom stars as Captain Richard Phillips, with Catherine Keener, Max Martini and Chris Mulkey among his co-stars.

The biopic, produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Mike De Luca, focuses on Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of the US container ship who was taken hostage with his crewmates by Somalian pirates.

The screenplay, based on Richard's own biography Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs And Dangerous Days At Sea, has been adapted for the big screen by Billy Ray and is already being tipped for awards.

Captain Phillips will mark Paul's return to NYFF following the 2002 screening of Bloody Sunday.

The film will also open the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 17.

The New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year, will run from September 27 until October 13, while the Tokyo International Film Festival, which is in its 26th year, begins on October 17 until the 24th.

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