Armchair Casting: Chesley Sullenberger & Wonder Woman

A movie based on the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River in January 2009, is coming to a screen near you. According to reports like this one, Sullenberger was persuaded to go Hollywood by Harrison Ford, who’s also a pilot. (Han Solo made him do it!) The movie, which might air on TV, will be produced by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, longtime producers of Spielberg movies including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Schindler’s List.

Who do you think should play Sullenberger? Two ideas off the top of my head: James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential) or Michael O’Neill (a million TV shows).

Cromwell

O'Neill

The other interesting project that might be coming into your living room, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is David E. Kelly’s small-screen reboot of Wonder Woman. This news makes me feel 10 years old again. The 1970s version starring Lynda Carter was appointment television for me and I now own all the DVDs. I would prefer to see a cinematic version (I squealed like a kid who got a new pony when I found out Joss Whedon was writing a feature years ago) but I’ll take my favorite Justice League member on TV if it means I’ll get to see her in live action again.

But who can fill Wonder Woman’s red boots? It’s harder to come up with ideas for this one because the actress has to be just right. I’ve already been disappointed by the recent Bionic Woman reboot because Michelle Ryan just didn’t click as Jaime Sommers. How about Ashley Greene from the Twilight movies or Minka Kelly from Friday Night Lights?

Greene

Kelly

How would you cast these roles? Would you watch either of these movies if/when they air?

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Paulette
    October 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Minka Kelly certainly looks as though she has the equipment to fill the “boots.”

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    EIREGO
    October 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I usually love this stuff, but can’t think of a single person to do Sully justice. Cromwell could do it and James Rebhorn as well, but I don’t think they’ll give it to either other them. Maybe they’ll get crazy give to David James Elliot?

    As for WonderWoman, I’d watch it and I would like to see Elizabeth Banks in the role wearing a dark wig. Although, either of these ladies you mention could do it as well.

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    Shell Sherree
    October 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Jennifer Garner for Wonder Woman! Sorry, I didn’t avidly follow the TV show so maybe that’s just a crazy thought. But I’m busting for an excuse for her to be on-screen regularly again.

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