Denzel Washington to officially take FLIGHT with Robert Zemeckis
Denzel Washington has been sticking mainly to action films as of late, leading films like THE BOOK OF ELI, THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, and UNSTOPPABLE, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be leaving the genre any time soon.
Shadow and Act reports that Washington is officially on board to star in the upcoming action-oriented drama FLIGHT. Robert Zemeckis, who hasn’t helmed a live-action feature in over ten years, officially came on board to direct earlier this week. Washington, who’s been circling the role for a while, will play a plane pilot whose substance abuse problems surface after saving passengers on one of his flights. With the director and leading star now in place, filming is set to begin sometime in the fall.
It’ll be interesting to see if Zemeckis can return to the forefront of film directing. Even if he doesn’t, he has the talented Washington in the leading role, which is a good sign for FLIGHT’s box office receipts.