Paramount Pictures has announced Friday that Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will star in “Flight,” a film which will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis.

According to the press release, the film “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.”

The film is written by John Gatins, and the producers of the film are Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald under the Parkes/MacDonald production banner. Other producers of this film include Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke under their ImageMovers banner. The movie is set to start filming this October in Atlanta, GA.

This film is the first team-up between Washington and Zemeckis. This film also marks a return to live-action films for Zemeckis, which is, I think, is fantastic news.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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