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Watch: First Trailer For "Flight" (Denzel Washington Stars As An Alcoholic, Drug-addicted Hero Pilot)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 6, 2012 8:40 PM
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Paramount has set the wide release date for Flight for November 22012.

First reported last April, at the time Denzel Washington was said to be "loosely attached" to star in the action drama, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis - who was, at the time, in negotiations - from a screenplay written by John Gatins (who was once attached to direct).

Obviously Denzel and Zemeckis signed on, with shooting completed last fall.

The story centers on an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot, on course towards a life-change who saves a flight from an engine malfunction, rescuing the plane and the passengers, and becoming a hero, only to find his non-public substance abuse problem, brought to light, thanks to an FAA investigation into the case.

Naturally, lots of drama ensues... Denzel saves a massive, fast-moving object (sound familiar), but this time, he's an alcoholic. So he's like Hancock without the super powers :)

This will be Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film since 2000s Cast Away, with Tom Hanks. Since then, he's been dabbling in animated programming with films like The Polar ExpressBeowulf and A Christmas Carol, none of which really fared as expected domestically, relative to budget anyway.

By the way, Don Cheadle and Garcelle Beauvais amongst many others, co-star.

Here's your first trailer for the film:

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  • Sharon - Tarpy Tailors Uniforms | June 14, 2012 12:39 PMReply

    Our company collaborated on the pilot uniforms and provided many of them. It looks like a great movie and it was a pleasure working with the wardrobe department!

  • Nicole | June 7, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    I really want to see this. Denzel and Don. I'm there.

  • Ava | June 7, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    I wonder if Sully Sullenberger will be invited to the special screening/red carpet (lol). Don't know why but the first time I saw this trailer, I immediately wondered what he'd think of this (lol).

  • Lauren | June 7, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    The flight scenes in the trailer are enough to keep me on the ground for a long time! It looks good but seeing it will further my fear of flying! Lol.

  • bondgirl | June 7, 2012 11:45 AMReply

    I was a flight atendant in my college days, so I'm interested in the subject matter, and of course Deezy! Maybe now black boys will see this and know that we are commercial pilots. LOL

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2012 7:28 AM

    "Rodger that sister Red Tail, over and out"(yep, I caught the reference :-O).

  • Jug | June 7, 2012 1:13 PM

    Think you're gonna like it. Definitely a grown folks movie.

  • Fred | June 7, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    Thanks for the heads up on this movie. Color me interested. :-)

  • Marie | June 7, 2012 9:18 AMReply

    Initially I was concerned since this is a Robert Zemeckis joint (as the post said, his "animated" films were unsuccessful and pissed off we animators with their poor motion capture/replacing actors technology) and I still haven't forgiven him for allowing actors to over-act in "Contact" which otherwise was a good movie. That said, it's great to see Washington again play a character with vulnerabilities. The cast looks outstanding and Zemeckis' direction looks more restrained. This has potential!

  • the black police | June 7, 2012 1:42 AMReply

    The medical examiner from Law and Order SVU! Theres lots of blacks in this one, yippee!

  • the black police | June 7, 2012 11:18 AM

    What guys? I see at least three central black characters with the main character being black as well. And it still isnt marketed as a and neither does it feel like a "black movie". Isn't it what we want?

  • Nicole | June 7, 2012 10:00 AM

    Womp. Womp.

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  • Haydin | June 7, 2012 1:04 AMReply

    I just want to know who convinced the filmmakers to change the lead to a black man. It's hard to believe that it was always supposed to be one. This is such a departure and I couldn't be happier for Denzel & Tamara Tunie. Django Unchained doesn't excite me as much!

  • Jug | June 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    Yeah, everyone in the script was written non-descript i.e. white & it took place in Oklahoma. Wonder if they're keeping it there.

  • Akimbo | June 7, 2012 2:51 PM

    I forgot to add: if Denzel Washington wants to do your movie, you're changing ethnicity, gender, accents, whatever you need to make sure it works for him. Star attachments get movies made, color be damned.

  • Akimbo | June 7, 2012 2:49 PM

    Most scripts don't specifically say that a character, especially a male - but lawd, do they love describing every popped button on a female character's blouse - is white, it's just the industry default; unless you specifically say a character is a certain "race" or give them an ethnic name, the assumption will always be that they're white. Also, what AccidentalVisitor said.

  • Haydin | June 7, 2012 12:47 PM

    I'd eliminate the "real people" theory but make an exception for Will Smith. He Got Game, Driving Miss Daisy, etc. make the other guys' careers seem deliberately black in several roles.

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 7, 2012 3:07 AM

    I'm sure that 90% to 95% of the lead roles that Denzel, Will, and Morgan Freeman have had were roles written initially as white characters and/or for white actors. The "black roles" they got were the ones in which they were portraying real people (Malcolm X, Ali, Mandela, etc.)

  • Harvey Dent | June 6, 2012 11:16 PMReply

    Oh wow...I'll go see it just to watch that plane flying upside down...WOW

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 6, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    I like what I see from the always reliable Tamara Tunie as flight attendant Margaret. She is in this trailer almost as much as Cheadle. Look like a decent role for her. Trailer looks pretty good too. Paramount gave the film a key opening date that's for sure.

  • Jug | June 6, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    Lotta folks are gonna come away with side eye of Denzel. He really is diggin' into his dark side in his old age cuz this one goes there. "Dabbling" in drugs & alcohol is putting it mildly. Got a feelin' he's bringing some of that "Troy Maxson" heat. I'm in!

  • Jug | June 7, 2012 3:03 PM

    LMBAO "epic battle with his gut" Just made for loungin' huh? LOL True dat. But, he could've stuck to being the noble everyman instead of stuff where he can have ridiculous fun & be interesting to us. And his fight scenes in ELI & SAFE HOUSE were pretty damn good. Like you said, since he's old, the newer close quarters fighting styles cater to him. Now, 90s Van Damme/Roundhouse mess-pulled hammie for sho! LOL

  • Akimbo | June 7, 2012 2:56 PM

    At his age, it's easier to be the villain or a bum than to run around trying to karate chop and shoot everybody. He's already engaged in an epic battle with his gut, how much fighting you want the poor man to do? I'm happy that he's evolving and finding roles that suit and keep him relevant.

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