Richard Gere Set to Fly With Hilary Swank in 'Amelia'

Richard Gere

The drama romantic films specialist has landed himself a major role in an upcoming biopic project about famous aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart alongside notable actress Hilary Swank.

It seems that landing one leading role after another is not a hard thing to do for veteran actor Richard Gere. After getting hired for Warner Bros. Pictures' crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest", the co-star of Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" has been tapped to star opposite Hilary Swank in Amelia Earhart's biopic project "Amelia".

In the film executively produced by Swank and scribbler Ron Bass, the 54-year-old actor will take the important role of publisher George Putnam who happens to be Amelia's husband. The Golden Globe award-recipient for his role in "Chicago" will bring Putnam to the big screen under the direction of "Vanity Fair" helmer Mira Nair and is going to join Swank when the lensing begins in late-April in Toronto, Nova Scotia and South Africa.

Aside from being assigned to star as the publisher in the aviation-related film, Gere has also been picked up to star in "Finest". Though it is still unclear which character he will be portraying, the "Shall We Dance" actor is going to share the screen with Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film. On his other film project, Gere is currently filming "Hachiko: A Dog's Story" with "The Hoax" helmer Lasse Halstrom.


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