Director Baltasar Korkmakur has assembled a pretty great cast for his upcoming drama Everest, which is set up at Universal Pictures. Already set to star Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes, the film has now added Jake Gyllenhaal.
As you can probably guess, Everest will tell the tale of the 1996 expedition to scale the infamous mountain. Of course, complications arose and eight of the climbers died while trying to make it to the top.
Christian Bale was actually attached to this project at one point but has since dropped out. As far as roles go, Clarke will be playing climber Rob Hall, who led one of the teams to the top of the mountain. Gyllenhaal will likely step into the role of Scott Fisher, another team leader who led a separate expedition to the top.
As for Brolin and Hawkes, from what we’re hearing, the former will likely be playing a doctor who’s along for the ride and the latter will be portraying one of the climbers on the team.
So far, I like the looks of this one. The premise is great and that’s one hell of a cast. Admittedly, Baltasar Kormakur isn’t the most recognizable name but he does have 2 Guns coming up, which looks like it could be a fun summer blockbuster. Hopefully everything comes together for Everest and it turns out well.
We don’t see too many mountain climbing movies hitting theatres but when we do get one, it’s usually an enjoyable experience. Vertical Limit and Cliffhanger are two that come to my mind but the 2003 documentary Touching The Void is also an excellent film.
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