Film stars Hilary Swank as aviator Earhart

Christopher Eccleston will share the cockpit with Hilary Swank in “Amelia,” the Mira Nair-directed Amelia Earhart biopic for Avalon Pictures and Fox Searchlight.

Eccleston, who jumped from the NBC series “Heroes” to playing the villain role in Paramount’s “G.I. Joe,” will play Earhart’s navigator, Fred Noonan.

Noonan flew with Earhart when her plane disappeared over the Pacific during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937.

Eccleston joins Richard Gere, Ewan MacGregor and Virgina Madsen in the cast.

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