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Denzel Washington Takes Flight With Robert Zemeckis

Denzel Washington.

Robert Zemeckis is over the uncanny valley of mo-cap and has correctly deduced that instead of staring at a weird CG face, we'd rather have Denzel Washington's handsome mug to look at. Paramount announced today that Washington will star for Zemeckis in the soon-to-shoot Flight, where Washington essentially plays a bad version of Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger: He's a pilot who manages to pull off a heroic landing when his plane is damaged, but when the media rushes to anoint the man as an American hero, his bad pre-flight behavior comes to light. He's even got his own Sully-like nickname, "Whip." Cute!

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation