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