Denzel Washington
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Robert Zemeckis has settled on a Flight plan.

The Back to the Future filmmaker is making his first non-motion-capture movie since 2000’s Cast Away, Paramount Pictures announced today. Denzel Washington is set to star as an airline pilot who is hailed as a hero after landing a crippled jet with only a handful of deaths, but is plagued by guilt over things he did that may have caused the crash.

Over the past decade, Zemeckis has focused largely on the performance-based animation films The Polar Express, Beowulf, and Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol, though with somewhat diminishing enthusiasm from audiences and critics.

This is the first collaboration between Zemeckis and Washington. Flight begins filming in Atlanta next month.

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