Of all the difficult tasks that life on this planet has to offer, from grad school to Dead Souls, climbing a mountain is one of the most daunting, and doesn’t change all that much as the years go by. 2 Guns director Baltasar Kormakur’s next film, Everest, centers on one of the deadliest mountain climbs in history, and Golden Globe winner Robin Wright and Sam Worthington join this already stacked cast to watch the deadly fiasco from the sidelines.
Based on the true story of the disastrous 1996 tragedy, Universal's Everest will follow multiple group expeditions as their attempt to scale the tallest mountain on Earth is met with bad planning and avalanches. The Adventure Consultants group will be led by co-founder Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), Mike Groom (Thomas M. Wright) and Andy Harris (Martin Henderson). Their clientele includes veteran climber Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin) – whose wife Peach will be played by Wright – Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), Stuart Hutchison (Demetri Goritsas), Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori) and journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly), whose bestselling book Into Thin Air was a gripping account of the entire ordeal. Worthington will be playing New Zealander Guy Cotter, who ran Adventure Consultants with Hall, scaling Everest with him and Gary Ball in 1992.
Heading up at the same time is a group called Mountain Madness, led by Jake Gyllenhaal’s Scott Fischer, Neal Beidleman (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Anatoli Boukreev (Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson). A 13-person Taiwanese expedition is also making the climb, led by Makalu Gau (Chike Chan).
A mountain-set horror movie would kill for a body count like this, but something tells me Everest will use a heavy hand to squeeze the drama out of this one. There's no real way to sugarcoat eight people dying. We can expect to get some emotional moments from a screenplay that has seen several drafts from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God), William Nicholson (Gladiator), Lem Dobbs (Dark City) and Justin Isbell. It’s a project that just loves attracting crowds I guess.
Wright, who was amazing in the second season of Netflix’s House of Cards, will be seen later this year in Anton Corbijn’s thriller A Most Wanted Man. Worthington, who will soon be filming multiple Avatar sequels back-to-back, stars opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in David Ayer’s actioner Sabotage, and recently wrapped production on Daniel Alfredson’s crime drama Kidnapping Freddy Heineken with Anthony Hopkins.
According to Deadline, Everest is currently filming on location at the base of the great mountain in Nepal before moving onto studio shoots in Rome and the U.K. It’s set for a September 18, 2015 release.
Below is the first image from the film, in which Clarke looks like he’s having a little bit of trouble battling the weather.