Sullenberger was the man hailed as a hero when he safely landed a bird struck, malfunctioning plane full of passengers on New York's Hudson River back in 2009, becoming a symbol for old school guts and professionalism in the face of adversity. His moment of fame led to a memoir, called Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, and saw both the book and his life rights bought by producer Frank Marshall (War Horse), with Sully on board as a producer. Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger) wrote the script for the film, which is still taxiing on the development runway.
Eckhart will play Jeff Skiles, first officer and co-pilot of the Airbus A320, who was at the controls when the birds hit the engines. No slouch in the heroics department himself, he helped Sully land the plane. Eckhart will next be seen returning as President Benjamin Asher in London Has Fallen, which is now set to arrive on 22 January next year. He is also part of the cast for horror thriller Incarnate (which has seemingly fallen into release limbo, with no plans outside of Belgium and The Netherlands) and boxing biopic Bleed For This, which has yet to announce a date.