When Springfield native Aaron Schneider expressed his interest in directing the recently-released World War II thriller “Greyhound,” he wrote a heartfelt and detailed email to his agent outlining the potential the movie had.

Thinking the email was meant to be passed on, Schneider’s agent sent it up the chain of command, finally landing with the head of the agency which represents Tom Hanks, who wrote the movie’s screenplay and was set to portray the captain of the USS Keeling, codenamed “Greyhound.”

“As the story goes, I’m told, the agent read the email to Tom over the phone and Tom said,
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