Actress Tamara Tunie arrives at the ninth annual Ford Hoodie Awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center August 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Aug.12, 2011)

*“Law & Order: SVU” star Tamara Tunie will trade her medical scrubs for a flight attendant uniform opposite Denzel Washington in Paramount’s upcoming film “Flight.”

As previously reported, “Flight” centers on an airline pilot with substance abuse issues who steers an endangered flight to a crash-landing, saving nearly all of the passengers. Tunie plays the lead flight attendant who is interviewed during a routine investigation that leads to the unraveling of his life.

John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly and Bruce Greenwood round out the cast.

Robert Zemeckis is directing with production set to begin later this month in Atlanta.

Tunie made her feature directorial debut in the indie romantic comedy “See You in September,” starring Estella Warren and Justin Kirk (“Weeds”).  She currently starts as medical examiner Melinda Warner on the NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”