Don Cheadle & Bruce Greenwood Take FLIGHT With Robert Zemeckis

Denzel Washington leads as a pilot who has saved 98 lives on a plane carrying 106 people, but who was in the air intoxicated with drugs and alcohol and he needs to hide it from an investigation to stop himself losing his job and going to jail.

Moviehole have broke the news that Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood will add significant supporting weight to Robert Zemeckis' long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking with the Denzel Washington led drama Flight. Yes, real life actors in a Zemeckis movie!! Who thought we would see that day again? Written by John Gatins (Real Steel, Hard Ball) €“ Flight is very loosely based on the tale of Sally Sullenberger, the commercial airline pilot who miraculously avoided a disaster in the air when his plane terminally malfunctioned but he saved the day with some quick-thinking €“ ditching US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River off Manhattan. This story, a fictional one and based on a different character (Whit Whitaker) and location has been jazzed up where the pilot who has saved 98 lives on a plane carrying 106 people, was in the air intoxicated with drugs and alcohol and he needs to hide it to stop himself losing his job and going to jail. If you can€™t drink and drive, you certainly can€™t drink and drive. America wants to embrace Washington's character as an everyman hero, but the loss of life leaves him tormented. Compelling stuff and a movie that Washington should be able to breeze through with ease (just look at the broken characters he has portrayed in Unstoppable and Taking of Pelham 123 recently). No word on who Cheadle & Washington are playing but we do know the previously in talks Sherlock Holmes actress Kelly Reilly is now confirmed as the love interest. She beat out Olivia Wilde and Dominique McElligott to play the troubled drug addict who befriends Washington's character as they both try and conquer their demons. Flight begins shooting next month in Atlanta. It's Zemeckis' first live action movie since Castaway some 11 years ago, having spent the last decade playing around with mo-cap technology on The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.