Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 by Russ Fischer
This new live-action Robert Zemeckis film, Flight, is really happening. Originally just a rumor, Paramount put a ring on Zemeckis when the studio announced Flight as a go. Denzel Washington stars as a boozing pilot who is called a hero after landing a troubled flight, but has to face tough questions when drinking is revealed as a possible cause of the flight’s problems.
Now Bruce Greenwood and Don Cheadle have been reported as part of the cast, too.
Moviehole reports the addition of the two actors, but doesn’t offer their roles. We know that Kelly Reilly is also in the cast, playing “Nicole Devlin, a drug addict who is at rock bottom when she meets Whip,” with the latter character being Denzel’s role. As we understand it, the two characters find their friendship developing as they each deal with their personal demons.
Here’s what Paramount had to say about the film:
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Written by John Gatins (“Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story,” “Real Steel”), FLIGHT tells the redemption story of “Whip” (Washington), a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.