Denzel Washington Takes Flight With Robert Zemeckis

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Prince Rainier III Award winner and actor Denzel Washington speaks onstage at The 2010 Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Princess Grace Foundation) *** Local Caption *** Denzel Washington Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/2010 Getty Images

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!