“Everest” Adds Brolin, Hawkes, Gyllenhaal, and Clarke

Josh Brolin will climb a big mountain.

A lot of casting news for just one movie! Deadline tells us that Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jason Clarke are close to sigining on for “Everest,” a drama to be directed by Baltasar Kormakur.

As you can guess from the title, this is a mountain-climbing drama set on Mount Everest, and, unless the names Sir Edmund Hillaryand Tenzing Norgay are involved, that means things probably are not going to go well. This is based on the true story of the 1995 expedition where a bad snowstorm struck three expeditions trying to reach the summit, killing eight climbers and guides. The events were immortalized in Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air.” The script for “Everest” will be based on a variety of other books and interviews with the survivors.

Brolin will next be seen in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” and “Labor Day” and is working on “Inherent Vice.” Hawkes has “The Pardon” and the as-yet untitled adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel “Switch” ready to go. Gyllenhaal will be seen next in “Prisoners” with Hugh Jackman and in Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” Clarke finished filming “The Green Blade Rises” and is working on “Child 44″ and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

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