Ensemble 'Flying' in indie drama

Cast includes Christine Lahti, Maggie Grace, Cary Elwes

Indie drama "Flying Lessons" is preparing for takeoff.

Christine Lahti, Maggie Grace, Hal Holbrook, Cary Elwes, Jonathan Tucker and Joanna Cassidy have been cast in the story of a young woman coming to terms with her father's suicide when she returns to her small town. First-timer Derek Magyar will direct from a screenplay by Thomas Kuehl.

Benjamin Statler is producing, Mark Johnson ("My Sister's Keeper") is executive producing. Filming is scheduled to begin Aug. 24 in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Magyar, an actor whose credits include "Boy Culture" and "Star Trek: Enterprise," is the son of Dezso Magyar, who ran the American Film Institute for 14 years and is now a film professor at Chapman University. The younger Magyar is repped by Fortitude.

Kuehl, a development exec at Ryan Murphy Prods., reached the semifinals of the Nicholl Fellowship with his script.

Lahti is repped by ICM and Management 360, Grace by ICM and 1 Management, Holbrook by Abrams Artists Agency, Elwes by APA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins, Tucker by WME and Booh Schut and Cassidy by Stone Manners Agency and Evolution Entertainment.