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Though the project has yet to get the greenlight, it's hard not to be extremely excited about the prospect of Guillermo Del Toro directing an adaptation of H.P Lovecraft's At The Mountains of Madness. There are some directors that are just born to adapt certain material and Del Toro and Lovecraft is a match made in heaven. Outside of Ron Perlman, however, there hasn't been much motion on the casting front, though a rumor came out late last year that the studio was interested in having James McAvoy play the lead. If that's true, McAvoy knows nothing about it.
I had the chance to interview the actor today at the junket for his next film, Gnomeo and Juliet (see his comments about X-Men: First Class here and stay tuned for more in a few weeks), and I took the opportunity to ask him about being approached for the project. His response? "Not at all. Not at all." I followed up, however, by asking if he would be interested in the project if it were to be offered to him, and while he doesn't know too much about it, he would be excited by the prospect.
"I don’t know anything about the story, but he’s an amazing director. I would be very lucky to be able to work with someone like that one day."
As mentioned earlier, without a greenlight there's no real rush for casting, though Del Toro is still hoping to get the project going by June. McAvoy is one of the best young actors working today and I can't help but like the idea of him working with the great director. Somebody get a script in his hands.