Remi Adeleke, Haleigh Hekking, Lilly Krug, Joey Slotnick, and Oliver Trevena have signed on for the Lionsgate movie, joining Butler and previously announced stars Mike Colter, Daniella Pineda, Kelly Gale and Yoson An.
Butler stars in the film as commercial pilot Brodie Torrance who, after a heroic job of successfully landing his storm-damaged aircraft in hostile territory, finds himself threatened by militant pirates who are planning to take the plane and its passengers hostage. As the world’s authorities and media search for the disappeared aircraft, Brodie must rise to the occasion and keep his passengers safe long enough for help to arrive.
Adeleke (“Transformers: The Last Knight,” Amazon’s “Terminal List” and Michael Bay’s upcoming thriller “Ambulance”) joins the cast as Shellback, a seasoned mercenary who is tapped to lead a rescue team. Newcomer Hekking is Torrance’s daughter Daniela, who is always looking out for her father. Krug (“Every Breath You Take,” the upcoming “Zero Contact” and “Swing”) will play Brie, a passenger with a huge social media following and a passion for surfing. Slotnick (“Leverage 2.0,” “Search Party,” “The Blacklist”) plays Sinclair, a short-tempered businessman, with Trevena as Carver, one of the plane’s survivors.
Production on “The Plane” is currently underway in Puerto Rico, directed by Jean-François Richet from a script by Charles Cumming, J.P. Davis and Matt Cook, based on the book by Charles Cumming.
“The Plane” is being produced by Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan, and Butler and Alan Siegel under their G-BASE banner. The film is co-financed by Olive Hill Media and Paprika Financing and co-produced with Pimienta Films. Executive producers include Michael Cho, Tim Lee, Gary Raskin, Alastair Burlingame and Vicki Dee Rock, with Luillo Ruiz co-producing the project.
Lionsgate will distribute the film in North America, Latin America, the U.K. and India. Eda Kowan and Jason Constantine are overseeing the project for Lionsgate. John Biondo and Christopher Davis oversaw the deal for the studio. MadRiver International handled the international sales for the project.
The film is Butler’s latest for Lionsgate after starring in the successful “Has Fallen” franchise. The most recent film, 2019’s “Angel Has Fallen,” took in over $145 million worldwide. Butler’s upcoming projects include the action films “Kandahar” and “Greenland: Migration.”
Adeleke is represented by APA and Loeb & Loeb. Hekking is represented by Innovative Artists and Zero Gravity Management, while Krug is represented by Fischer & Partner and Fourward. Slotnick is represented by Artists & Representatives and Sweet180. Trevena is represented by Innovative Artists, Mondi Associates, and Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman and managed by Lena Roklin.