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Mira NairMira Nair to direct Hilary Swank, Richard Gere
22nd Apr 2008  17.20 IST
By ApunKaChoice  


India-born but internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair is making a film titled 'Amelia' on the life of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

And to play the title role Nair has roped in two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.



Swank will play the role of the brave Amelia Earhart who set many aviation records in the first half of the 20th century - like flying solo and non-stop across the Atlantic. Amelia died at the age of 40 in her attempt to fly around the world.

However, the film will not just focus on Amelia's aviation adventures but will mostly center on her rocky marriage with publisher husband George Putnam.

Richard Gere has been signed to play the role.

Actress Virginia Madsen has been added to the cast to play Putnam's first wife, Dorothy.

The movie has been penned by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Ron Bass. The film goes on the floors this month. It will be shot in Canada and South Africa.

Reportedly, Hilary Swank has been taking flight lessons at the Santa Monica Airport for her role in Amelia.



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