Tom Hanks bookends London Film Festival with latest releases
LONDON (AFP) - Hollywood star Tom Hanks opened the London Film Festival on Wednesday with his new film Captain Phillips, based on the true story of a ship attacked by Somali pirates.
The 57-year-old will also close the festival playing Walt Disney in new release Saving Mr Banks, which dramatises the making of the Wizard of Oz.
Hanks is being talked about as an Oscar candidate for his depiction of Phillips, who was the captain on board container ship Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked 2009.
Phillips was taken hostage with his crewmates, and it is Hanks' performance in the final minutes of the film, directed by Briton Paul Greengrass, which has critics raving.