(L-R) Director Paul Greengrass, actors Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks, and Barkhad Abdi arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Captain Phillips' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills

(L-R) Director Paul Greengrass, actors Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks, and Barkhad Abdi arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ ‘Captain Phillips’ at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 30, 2013 in Beverly Hills

*Sony Pictures will try to feed off of its standing ovation for “Captain Phillips” at the New York Film Festival by sneaking the film into theaters a week early in select locations.

The true story dramatizes the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama by a group of Somali pirates. Tom Hanks plays its courageous captain, Richard Phillips. The film is set to open nationwide on Oct. 11, but the studio will put it on 800 screens this Saturday (Oct. 5).

A Hollywood Reporter reviewer who saw the film at NYFF said director Paul Greengrass’ “hyperkinetic shooting style conveys the desperation of the pirates and the horror felt by the unarmed crew and a captain who ends up alone with the gunman in a tiny lifeboat while awaiting help from a Navy SEAL Team.”

In May, Hanks told us via Skype that  filming the scene where the pirates storm the ship was “petrifying,” because the actors were so believable.

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In a press conference held last week, the Oscar winner gave even more props to his Somali co-stars – particularly Barkhad Abdi, who is already earning Oscar buzz for his role as the pirate leader, Muse. Below, Hanks explains how Abdi and Somali actors Mahat M. Ali (pictured at the top) and Faysal Ahmed reached a level of acting that few are open enough to access.

“Captain Phillips” opens nationwide on Oct. 11, and in select cities this weekend (Oct. 5). Watch the trailer below.