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Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes are all in line to star in the mountain-climbing disaster movie Everest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Iceland’s Baltasar Kormákur (The Deep, Contraband) will direct for production company Working Title. Everest is based on real-life events that took place in 1996 when a freak storm hit the world’s tallest mountain, leaving eight climbers dead. The story was made famous by Jon Krakauer in the book Into Thin Air, which described how he survived to tell the tale. Kormákur’s take follows two separate expedition groups whose lives come under threat.
Clarke is being sought to play New Zealand climber Rob Hall, leader of one of the teams, while Gyllenhaal is set to play Scott Fischer, his opposite number with the other expedition. Brolin is in line to play a doctor named Beck Weathers, who is forced to spend a night on Everest, while Hawkes (The Sessions) will be cast as a slow climber who causes his team to be late setting out on their journey up the peak.
The project was previously in play with Christian Bale as Hall, but the British-born actor no longer seems to be involved. Kormákur hopes to shoot the film in Iceland in October.
It is unclear what Everest’s move towards production means for another film with the same title which is currently in the works. The latter project is being overseen by Bourne Identity director Doug Liman, and has Tom Hardy attached to play Sir George Mallory, the famous British mountaineer who attempted to be the first to reach the top of the Himalayan peak in the 1920s.