Ewan McGregor has drafted his next project. The Star Wars actor will lead the cast of Everest, a new film about conquering the legendary Mount Everest, with an all-star cast. Director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identityne) is on board to direct. The film will hit the Cannes market next week and is expected to generate a lot of interest.
Everest will be inspired by the novel Paths of Glory by author Jeffrey Archer. HanWay Films will distribute the film, and shooting is expected to begin in January 2022. It will take place in 1921, when Mount Everest remained one of the last remaining parts of the world to be conquered by humans. It is not the true story of the climbers who conquered the mountain. It’s more like a fictional story. Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Shazam) and Sam Heughan (Foreigner), The Spy Who Dumped Me) are also set to a star.
The movie revolves around Ewan McGregor who plays a man named Mallory, handpicked by the head of the Royal Geographic Society (Mark Strong). Mallory has to climb Mount Everest after World War I. He will face an Australian rival, George Finch (Sam Heughan). It will be a battle to see who can reach the top first. Jennifer Klein will co-produce with Doug Liman. Klein said in a statement.
“We are delighted to partner with HanWay Films to tell this important and timeless story. Bringing ‘Everest’ to the screen is now more relevant than ever. In this period of uncertainty, a story of genuine determination, passion and positivity reminds us of what we can overcome.”
This adds yet another big project to Ewan McGregor’s list. The actor has been exceptionally busy in recent years. Some of his recent credits include: Christopher Robin, Doctor Sleep, Birds of prey and the Netflix series Halston. McGregor is currently filming the Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+, marking his highly anticipated return to Star Wars after his role in the prequel trilogy. Gabrielle Stewart of HanWay Films had this to say.
“Liman and McGregor are passionate adventurers, both in life and in filmmaking, and this film asks one of the great unresolved questions of the Everest story: was Mallory the first to reach the top 30 years earlier? [Edmund] Hillary? I wouldn’t be surprised if in the wake of this film, and as we approach the centenary of Mallory’s life-defining ascent, this great mystery would lead us to one of the great discoveries.”
Doug Liman most recently at the helm of the HBO Max thriller Locked. He also directed the YA adaptation Chaos walking, starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley. In addition to this film, he will also direct a film in which he actually goes into space with Tom Cruise. Everest doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more details are announced. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.