Gere Joins Amelia Earhart Biopic and Cop Drama

Richard Gere has signed on for a pair of projects: Avalon Pictures’ Amelia Earhart biopic and Millennium Films’ cop drama “Brooklyn’s Finest.”

In Amelia, Gere will star opposite Hilary Swank. Variety says the film chronicles the rocky relationship between the famed aviator and her husband, publisher George Putnam.

Mira Nair will direct from a Ron Bass screenplay. Shooting starts later this month in Toronto, Nova Scotia and South Africa.

Brooklyn’s Finest revolves around three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location, despite vastly different career paths. One has gone undercover to crack drug gangs; another has engaged in graft and corruption; while another has played by the rules and put in his time on the force up until his retirement.

Antoine Fuqua will direct the film, which also stars Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke. Michael Martin wrote the screenplay.