"Flightplan" The character: Kyle Pratt, a jet propulsion engineer The peril: Kyle and her daughter are flying across the Atlantic aboard a plane she had helped design. In the hold of the plane is the coffin of her husband, who died as a result of a fall. Others believe he committed suicide. After she wakes from a nap on the plane, her young daughter, Julia (Marlene Lawston), is nowhere in sight. The captain (Sean Bean) and in-flight air marshal (Peter Sarsgaard) suggest that Kyle is having emotional problems -- Julia's name isn't on the passenger list and her backpack and boarding pass aren't anywhere to be found. But hell hath no fury like a mother scorned. Not only does she take on the captain and the marshal, Kyle also ends up playing cat and mouse with the crew as she investigates every inch of the plane in order to find her daughter. There's good reason why Kyle can match wits and brawn with the guys: The role was originally written for Sean Penn.
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