Denzel Washington set to take Flight

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Set in America during the 1970's, a Detective (played by Russell Crowe) works to bring down the drug empire of Manhattan kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington). The 2007 film is adapted from a New York magazine story titled "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson. Also starring Josh Brolin, Ted Levine and Carla Gugino.
April 21st, 2011

Denzel Washington is being lined for the lead role in action film 'Flight'.

The 56-year-old star is reportedly wanted by producers to play a pilot who becomes a hero when he rescues his aircraft after the plane's engine malfunctions mid flight although evidence of his alcoholism and drug addiction surfaces during a later investigation.

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct from a script penned by 'Coach Carter' writer John Gatins.

Denzel will next take on a leading role in spy thriller 'Safe House' written by 'An Inconvenient Truth' director David Guggenheim and also starring Ryan Reynolds.

The movie tells the tale of a US special agent who goes on the run in South America with a prisoner - played by Denzel - whose safe house is attacked.

Although he has yet to sign on officially to 'Flight', it would continue the actor's love of thriller movies - he has previously starred in classics such as 'Training Day', 'The Manchurian Candidate' and 'American Gangster' and most recently runaway train movie 'Unstoppable'.