Strahovski welcomed aboard 'Sky'


Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski, star of the NBC series "Chuck," has climbed aboard "Shadows From the Sky," based on former pilot Tristan Loraine's documentary "Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines" and his subsequent novel "Toxic Airlines."

Strahovski has signed a letter of intent, Loraine said, and joins a long list of supporters of the project garnered on the back of public outcry over the issue of toxic air in airplane cabins.

He said the movie, budgeted at $7 million, is "70% financed" and that he plans to shoot the project around Strahovski's TV commitments.

Loraine, whose documentary sparked public inquiry into passenger flights, has been dubbed the Erin Brockovich of aviation, having been medically retired from flying.

He said the project is beginning to feel like a charity music event with more and more people putting their names to it, offering support and backing the feature version.

His script follows the true story of a soldier who discovers one of the biggest cover-ups in aviation history when he sets out to find the truth about a plane crash that kills all aboard, including his ex-girlfriend.

During this year's European Film Market in Berlin, the project taxied toward takeoff with a slew of talent — including Talia Shire, John Rhys-Davies and Marina Sirtis — putting their names to it.

Loraine's production banner, Fact Not Fiction Films, is partnering with Australia's Courage Films to produce the picture as a U.K.-Australia co-production.

The script, written by Loraine and Viv Young, has secured development funds from U.K. agency Screen South. (partialdiff)