Ewan McGregor, Sam Heughan, Mark Strong to Scale Mount Everest in New Movie

A true-story movie based on novel ‘Paths of Glory’ about a group of adventurers climbing the world’s tallest mountain is going to be directed by Doug Liman.

AceShowbizEwan McGregor, Sam Heughan, and Mark Strong are preparing to scale Mount Everest in a new drama from director Doug Liman.

Inspired by the 2009 Jeffrey Archer novel “Paths of Glory“, the story follows a group of adventurers who attempt to become the first team to reach the peak of the world’s tallest mountain in 1921.

The book is itself based on the real story of George Mallory, who died attempting to climb Everest in the 1920s.

McGregor will star as the man chosen by the head of the Royal Geographic Society, played by Strong, to make history and reach the summit after World War One, only to find himself facing off with an Australian challenger, portrayed by Heughan, who is determined to get his name in the record books instead.

Simply titled “Everest“, the film is expected to begin production in the U.K. and Italy in January (22), although it will be shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Market next week (begs21Jun21), reports TheWrap.com.

In a statement, Jennifer Klein, who will produce the project with Liman, calls Everest an “important and timeless story,” adding, “Bringing Everest to screen is more relevant now than ever. In this period of uncertainty, a story of true determination, passion and positivity can help remind us of what we can overcome.”

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