The Dark Knight Rises’ star Tom Hardy is in early talks to star in Everest for Sony Pictures and director Doug Liman, according to Deadline. If a deal is finalised, the actor will portray legendary explorer George Mallory.
The story is an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s non-fiction book Paths of Glory, which is all about explorer George Mallory’s attempt to get into the record books as the first man to reach the top of Mount Everest. The movie is all about Mallory’s obsession with the mountain, as well as his rivalry with fellow climber George Finch.
Mallory and his climbing partner Sandy Irvine failed in two attempts to scale the mountain in 1921 and 1922. They were spotted near the summit on their third attempt in 1924 but nobody knows if they actually made it to the top, as they died on the mountain. Their remains were discovered in 1999 by Mark Anker.
Sheldon Turner is handling the screenplay. Shooting will begin after Doug Liman wraps on All You Need Is Kill, starring Tom Cruise.