Casting Net: Christian Bale in talks for 'Everest'; Plus Jennifer Lawrence and Jason Clarke

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• Christian Bale is in talks to star in Baltasar Kormákur‘s (The Deep) Everest. Based on the harrowing ordeal of a group of climbers in 1996 famously documented in Jon Krakauer‘s book Into Thin Air, Everest will source from a variety of books and first-person interviews. Filmmaker and mountaineer David Breashears also made a famous Frontline documentary about the tragic climb that claimed eight lives, that included footage from the storm and interviews with survivors.  [Deadline]

 Bale’s Dark Knight Rises co-star Tom Hardy is still attached to play Sir George Mallory in the Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity)-directed adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s book Paths of Glory, which EW reported in August. Mallory attempted the Everest climb three times in the early 1920s, and disappeared during the 1924 expedition. This project is currently called Everest as well. Anyone up for a Bane/Batman fight to see who get’s that title? [Deadline]

• In addition to appearing in David O. Russell’s upcoming Abscam film, Jennifer Lawrence has just signed on to work with her Silver Linings Playbook director again in the drama The Ends of the Earth. With a screenplay from Chris Terrio (Argo), the film is about an Oklahoma oil baron who adopts a young girl and later has an affair with and marries her. The film is based on the true story of E.W. Marland. [THR]

Zero Dark Thirty breakout star Jason Clarke has signed on to star in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, set 15 years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) is attached to direct. Details are sparse, but one plot line will follow Andy Serkis as the ape Caesar, and another follows a group of humans struggling to survive in San Francisco. Clarke can be seen in a number of upcoming projects, including The Great Gatsby and White House Down.[THR]

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