Sam Shepard has signed on to star in the indie biopic, Descending From Heaven: The Strange and Extraordinary Tale of Claude Eatherly, A-Bomb Pilot.

The film recounts the story of the pilot who flew the reconnaissance B-29 that gave the OK to drop the bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Shepard will play the pilot's father, who eventually had to commit his son to a veteran's psychiatric hospital The Hollywood Reporter says.

Descending From Heaven has no production schedule as of yet.