Swank Takes Off As "Amelia"...

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"Amelia" is the Toronto-lensed feature, based on the life of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, starring actors Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Virginia Madsen, directed by Mira Nair based on a script by Ronald Bass.

Bass wrote the script using several books on Earhart as sources including author Susan Butler's "East to the Dawn", Mary S. Lovell's "The Sound of the Wings" and Elgin Long's "Amelia Earhart: The Mystery Solved."

The new film chronicles Earhart's rise to fame and her relationship with husband 'George Putnam'.

Historically, Earhart was the first woman to receive the 'Distinguished Flying Cross' for flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean, authored best-selling novels about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of 'The Ninety-Nines' organization for women pilots.

Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937.