After a flurry of 9/11-related films and Hurricane Katrina docs, Hollywood is now setting its sights on the 2004 tsunami that devastated parts of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, with an official death count somewhere in the range of 230,000.

Variety reports the always reliable David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) has signed on to star in Hereafter, to be produced by Chris Bender, Ben Katz and Madeline Ryan. Michael Patwin will make his directorial debut (from his own script) with a story that centers around an American clothing designer who goes on a frantic search for his wife and children after the tsunami separates him from his family. Pic will begin shooting in Thailand early next year, with filmmakers donating a portion of the proceeds to orphaned children forced into child labor following the tsunami.

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