Newcomers Chad Moffitt and Sonam Sherpa are set to play Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in the 3D survival drama feature "Beyond the Edge".
Award-winning N.Z. documentary maker Leanne Pooley helms the project which attempts a re-creation of the epic 1953 Mt. Everst climb that saw the pair become the first people to conquer the highest peak in the world.
The film will use original color footage, voice recordings and photographs from the time as well as dramatic re-creations of the assault on the world's highest peak.
Filming gets underway this week at Mt. Cook on New Zealand's South Island. Some filming is also due to take place at Everest. A late 2013 release in Australia and New Zealand is planned.