Ewan McGregor, Outlander‘s Sam Heughan and Mark Strong have been set to star in Everest, an adventure thriller to be directed by Doug Liman from a script from Oscar-nominated Up in the Air scribe Sheldon Turner. The just-announced pic is set to start shooting January 22 in the UK and Italy. HanWay Films will rep international sales and distribution beginning at the upcoming Cannes Virtual Market. UTA Independent Film Group will handle the U.S. sale.

Inspired by Jeffrey Archer’s novel Paths of Glory, the story is set in 1921 and centers on the real-life George Mallory (McGregor), who is picked by Arthur Hinks (Strong) of the Royal Geographic Society to scale the previously unconquerable Mount Everest. Following World War I, the fading British empire is desperate for a victory, but for Mallory and his rival, the eccentric Aussie George Finch (Heughan), the challenge has nothing to do with patriotism, instead it is a singular test of self.

Mallory’s real-life journey ended in mystery; he died during this third expedition to summit Everest, and it’s unknown whether he ever made it to the top.

Jennifer Klein and Liman, the latter a climbing aficionado, are producing the pic. The cinematographer will be Martin Ruhe (Midnight Sky, The American), Oliver Scholl (Venom, Spiderman: Homecoming) will be production designer, and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart, True Detective) will handle the music.

This has been a longtime passion project for Liman. It once was set up with Sony and has had interest from a number of A-list actors over the years. Of course, Baltasar Kormakur made his own Everest for Working Title in 2015.

“We are thrilled to be working with HanWay Films in telling this important and timeless story,” Klein said. “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.”

Added HanWay Films managing dirctor Gabrielle Stewart: “Liman and McGregor are passionate adventurers both in life and filmmaking, and this film asks one of the great unresolved questions of the Everest story: Was Mallory the first to make it to the top, 30 years before [Edmund] Hillary? It would not surprise me if in the wake of this film, and as we approach the centenary of Mallory’s life-taking climb, this great mystery would lead us to one of great discovery.”

McGregor is represented by UTA, Narrative and Sloane Offer; Heughan is represented by UTA, United Agents, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Strong is represented by WME. Archer is represented by Joel Gotler and Robert Benun.

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Apple TV+ has unveiled a first look at Long Way Up, a new motorcycle adventure series starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman.

The show reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. The first three episodes will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly thereafter.

Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, McGregor and Boorman journey through the underexposed landscapes of South and Central America using cutting edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet.

The new series will journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and up through Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. Joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians.

Long Way Up is a new original series that follows McGregor and Boorman’s previous adventures in Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

The series will join an expanding offering of unscripted series and films, including the recently announced Fireball, an original feature documentary directed by Werner Herzog and Professor Clive Oppenheimer; the soon-to-premiere 2020 Sundance US Grand Jury Prize award-winning documentary, Boys State; and the five-time Emmy nominated – including for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special – Beastie Boys Story.

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Get out your best suedes, everyone. Via Instagram, his preferred mode of communicating information about his many Netflix projects, Ryan Murphy has released a teaser for his next series, Halston (previously Simply Halston; now, simply, Halston), starring Ewan McGregor as the famed fashion designer who went from designing Jackie Kennedy’s hats to conquering the 1970s fashion world, before losing control of his company in the 1980s and dying of AIDS-related complications at 57. In addition to McGregor, who’s basically reprising his role from Birds of Prey, the series’ cast includes Rory Culkin as Joel Schumacher, Rebecca Davan as Elsa Peretti, David Pittu as Joe Eula, Krysta Rodriguez as Liza Minnelli (Hit List lives!), Sullivan Jones as Ed Austin, and Gian Franco Rodriguez as Victor Hugo. According to Murphy, the show began shooting today, suddenly increasing the demand for shag carpeting in Hollywood by approximately 1,000 percent.

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After a long 20 years of twists and turns, the limited series HALSTON starring the fantastic Ewan McGregor began production today. I am so proud of our director and leader Dan Minahan, and Christine Vachon of Killer Films. I am thrilled to be producing this great and meaningful show with them and Alexis Martin Woodall and Pamela Koffler. Cast list below. Ewan McGregor as HALSTON Rory Culkin as JOEL SHUMACHER Rebecca Dayan as ELSA PERETTI David Pittu as JOE EULA Krysta Rodriguez as LIZA MINNELLI Sullivan Jones as ED AUSTIN Gian Franco Rodriguez as VICTOR HUGO

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