Kelly Reilly in Talks for Female Lead in Robert Zemeckis’ FLIGHT; Vanessa Hudgens Joins John Cusack in FROZEN GROUND

     September 12, 2011

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) is in negotiations for the lead female role in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight.  The Polar Express director’s return to live-action following his ten-year stretch of motion-capture movies stars Denzel Washington as an airline pilot who is heralded as a hero after he flies a damaged plane to safety. Washington’s heroic achievement becomes overshadowed by an investigation into whether or not he had been drinking before the flight.

Deadline reports that Reilly was one of three actresses that were shortlisted for the role of Nicole, a drug addict who befriends Washington’s character as each tries to get their demons under control. Olivia Wilde and Dominique McElligott (Moon) were the other two actresses in the running, but Reilly ultimately came away with the part. Flight starts shooting this October. Hit the jump for the casting news of Vanessa Hudgens in the serial killer drama Frozen Ground.

vanessa-hudgens-imageAdditionally, Vanessa Hudgens has been set to star opposite John Cusack and Nicolas Cage in the thriller Frozen Ground. The pic is based on the true story of an Alaskan family man who abducted over 24 women over a period of 12 years and hunted them for sport. Cage stars as the Alaskan State Trooper on the killer’s trail, with Cusack taking on the sadistic role (twisty bit of casting there). Deadline reports that Hudgens will play the one teenage victim who escaped, but no one believed her story. She worked in tandem with the detective to finally bring the killer down.

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