David Strathairn has signed on to star in the indie drama, Hereafter for Ben Katz Productions.

The film is set amid aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, says Variety; it's written and will be directed by Michael Patwin. Hereafter centers on an American clothing designer who must search for his wife and children after the tsunami separates the family in a remote area of Thailand, where they've been visiting the factory in which his garments are produced.

Producers on Hereafter plan to donate a portion of proceeds to benefit children forced into child labor since being orphaned by the tsunami.