Jessica Lowndes is up for 'Altitude'

Marvel Comics' Kaare Andrews making directorial debut

TORONTO -- "90210" star Jessica Lowndes has risen to the lead in "Altitude," the feature directorial debut for Marvel Comics artist Kaare Andrews ("Hulk," "Wolverine").

The indie thriller from Escape Factory and Foundation Features will feature Lowndes as a rookie airplane pilot whose weekend getaway flight with friends faces a series of unexplained malfunctions.

No word on additional casting. Production will take place in and around Vancouver in April.

Paul Birkett penned the "Altitude" script, with Ian Birkett producing. Rob Merilees, Dave Valleau, Gary Hamilton and Mike Gabrawy share the executive producer credits.

Alliance Films will release the indie picture in Canada, and Arclight Films will handle worldwide sales.

Lowndes is repped by Apterture's Adam Goldworm, APA and attorney Harris Hartman.