It’s Dracula vs. Bane as Luke Evans’ name has been added to the mix for Doug Liman’s “The Summit” at Sony Pictures.
An adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s historical novel “Paths of Glory”, the story deals with the mystery of George Mallory’s ascent of Mount Everest. The mountain climber made several attempts to be the first to reach the summit before that of his Australian rival George Finch.
However Mallory and partner Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine never returned from their June 1924 climb. In 1999, Mallory’s frozen body was found near the summit on the North Face, and debate has raged ever since about whether he was actually on his way down or up.
Tom Hardy was previously linked for the role of Mallory, seemingly dropped out due to scheduling, but is now apparently back onboard. Luke Evans (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Fast and Furious 6”) was one of numerous names said to be in contention for the role of Finch back in October, and now it sounds like he’s emerged as a potential front runner.
Liman is aiming to go into production on the film by mid-March. He’s currently putting the finishing touches on the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi action thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” at Warners.