Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are Ready for Liftoff in ‘Flight’

Bruce GreenwoodRobert Zemeckis’ Flight is destined for greatness. Most people immediately amp up their optimism when they hear that Denzel Washington is headlining a new movie, and for good reason. But he is not the only aspect of this drama about an alcoholic pilot whose guilt and public shame regarding a near-accident drive him into a downward spiral. As we reported last week, Denzel’s lead character, whose name is Whip (that is actually one of my favorite parts of this whole thing), will, in his time of darkness, befriend an equally troubled drug addict named Nicole—she will be played by the soon-to-be-a-household-name Kelly Reilly. But the good news expands with the inclusion of Bruce Greenwood (yes) and Don Cheadle (yesser).

There is no word on what characters Greenwood or Cheadle will take. The movie heavily revolves around an investigation of Whip and his responsibility for the incident on the flight, so we can assume that a political figure or legal official leading the investigation might be a major role.

In fact, the whole story is full of great potential characters for either of these two fine actors. There are copilots, flight attendants, passengers on the plane, the quick-witted doctor forced to attend to the ailing cockpit, the rowdy US Navy pilot whose bravado results in the death of his friend, the inhabitants of the mysterious island where the plane crash-lands…learn from the greats, Zemeckis. Learn from the greats.

Source: Moviehole

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.