'Sherlock Holmes' Actress Kelly Reilly Will Take 'Flight' with Zemeckis
After hearing in April that director Robert Zemeckis might return to live-action filmmaking, it has since been confirmed that he will indeed direct Flight, a new thriller starring Denzel Washington. The story follows the redemption 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. However the everyman struggles with this label in the face of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the flight. Now Deadline reports Sherlock Holmes star Kelly Reilly has landed the lead female role in the film.
Reilly was merely on a shortlist before the weekend, but now the actress is negotiating to take the role of Nicole Devlin, a drug addict who is at rock bottom when she meets Whip. The two become friends as each of them try to get their respective demons under control. Though Reilly has been working regularly for a little over a decade, this will be the most high profile role for the British actress who has also previously appeared in films like Eden Lake, Me and Orson Welles and Pride & Prejudice. She'll also be appearing in the forthcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows as Watson's wife, but with Flight, she'll have the opportunity to turn in a performance that should make her a big name soon.