After a busy year starring in both The Dark Knight Rises and Lawless, Tom Hardy isn’t going to take it easy by tackling a light-and-fluffy role. Instead, his next project will be the Sony Pictures feature Everest, where he’ll play George Mallory, a man who tried three times in the 1920s to be the first man to climb to the top of the tallest mountain in the world.
Mallory’s story is an amazing one that easily could be fiction, and it features an ending that people still aren’t clear on. After being missing for 75 years, climbers finally found Mallory’s body near the summit of Mount Everest, but it’s still unclear whether he actually reached the top of the mountain or if he died trying. Our guess is that there will be a romantic take on the finale of the film, as Mallory — a family man — had said he would place a photo of his wife on the peak of Everest when he reached it. When his body was found years later, the photo wasn’t on his person.
Deadline broke the news about Hardy’s involvement, and adds that All You Need Is Kill helmer Doug Liman will take on directing duties. The flick is based on Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory, which was partly inspired by Mallory’s story. Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner has adapted the novel, but it’s unclear if he’s stuck closer to the truth than Archer did.
Hardy has portrayed historical figures before, most recently Forrest Bondurant in Lawless, but never one as recognizable as Mallory. It will be interesting to see the slant Everest takes on Mallory’s story, but we hope the film doesn’t stretch too far from the truth. It’s worth noting that it took more than 30 years after Mallory’s attempts for someone to official scale Everest and return alive. New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and Nepali sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to get to the top and live to tell the tale back in 1953.
Up next, Hardy is starring in Mad Max: Fury Road.
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