MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A newly discovered actor from Minneapolis is already getting some Oscar buzz, even though his movie hasn’t opened in local theaters yet.

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Captain Phillips tells the true-life story about a band of Somali pirates who overtook an American cargo ship in 2009.

The movie stars Tom Hanks and also prominently features Barkhad Abdi, a Somali immigrant who worked as a limo driver in the Twin Cities.

Many critics have said he shines on the big screen, and he’s been mentioned in a number of columns as a potential Oscar nominee for his performance.

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As he explained in an interview for CBS Sunday Morning, Abdi was discovered during an open casting call in Minneapolis. He had never acted before.

“But I knew the story, and I loved acting. I watch movies a lot, but it’s not something I even considered,” he said.

Abdi is a big fan of Tom Hanks, and says it was an honor to work with him.

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Captain Phillips premieres this Friday.