Deadline reports that John Goodman has joined the cast of Robert Zemeckis’s Flight. He’ll be starring opposite Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood and Brian Geraghty.
The Paramount release tells the redemption story of “Whip” (Washington), a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.
The site says that Goodman will play a friend of the pilot who helps him come to terms with his problems.
The project, which marks the first live-action film for Zemeckis since Cast Away in 2000, is expected to hit theaters in 2012.
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