From castaway to cargo ship! Tom Hanks climbs aboard to film Captain Phillips biopic in which he's captured by Somali pirates
21:39 GMT, 19 April 2012
They say actors have an easy life, sipping cocktails on desert islands and cruising down red carpets.
But Tom Hanks has taken on another gruelling role following his Cast Away performance.
The Catch Me If You Can star is currently filming his new project Captain Phillips in Malta.
Aye aye captain! Tom Hanks is a man in uniform as he films Captain Phillips in Malta
Survivor: Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by Somali pirates in April 2009 for three days
The 55-year-old was seen shooting scenes aboard a 155m cargo ship before leaving the harbour.
The Californian plays the title role in the film which follows a crew's encounter with Somali pirates.
Joining Tom on the silver screen will
be Catherine Keener, nominated for an Oscar for her efforts in Being
John Malkovich – with The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass
behind the lens.
The film is based on the true tale of
Captain Richard Phillips, the leader of cargo ship Maersk Alabama, who
gave himself up as a hostage to pirates in April 2009 in a bid to keep
his crew safe.
At the time his wife told local
television station: 'I have faith in my husband. He's a smart man and I
know he'll be all right.'
No rest for the wicked: Tom is still churning out Hollywood blockbusters well into his Fifties
From castaway to container ship: Tom boards a 155m cargo liner before leaving the harbour
Indeed he was, and was released three days later and returned to his home of Vermont after being rescued by Navy SEALs in a raid that left three of his captives dead and one pirate captured.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Tom will play Walt Disney in a film about the making of Mary Poppins, from beloved children's book to silver screen adaptation – in a process that took 14 years.
Emma Thompson is being poised as Australian author PL Travers who penned the classic.
You have a trailer, you know Tom looks rather bored hanging out waiting for action to happen
Method acting: Tom's character in Cast Away 'befriended' a volleyball called Wilson