McAvoy and Cruise Desired for 'At the Mountains of Madness'
We already know and are very excited that the next project from Guillermo del Toro is the long-gestating adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's novella At the Mountain of Madness which is being produced by James Cameron and shot in 3D. Though production isn't expected to begin until May of 2011, apparently Universal and del Toro are already in the midst of searching for their cast. Collider reports that the studio would like James McAvoy to lead the film while del Toro is much more interested in bringing Tom Cruise on board. In addition, Chris Pine is also being considered as a potential candidate for del Toro's new passion project.
While Chris Pine has quite a future slate already lined up like the forthcoming Star Trek sequel, the action comedy This Means War, the Jack Ryan franchise reboot Moscow and The Art of Making Money with D.J. Caruso, the other two aforementioned actors aren't nearly as busy. McAvoy will soon be shooting X-Men: First Class with Matthew Vaughn and at some point after could then be shooting the adaptation of Cloud Atlas with director Tom Tykwer and other X-Men alums Ian McKellen and Halle Berry. Meanwhile, Cruise is prepping for the next installment in the Mission Impossible franchise and has a feature film surrounding his Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman in development as well. Both will likely have no problem opening their schedules for a May production start next year. So which actor is more likely to take on this big role?
While there were rumors that McAvoy would take on the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, which del Toro sadly had to leave, a more solid relationship most likely already exists between Tom Cruise and the Hellboy director. One of the projects del Toro left behind in order to finally adapt At the Mountains of Madness was a new take on Van Helsing with Cruise producing and maybe starring. So it stands to reason that del Toro still wants to work with Cruise and finds him the perfect man to to lead the project. Being unfamiliar with the H.P. Lovecraft story, I can't speak as to whether Cruise's potential casting is good or bad, but if del Toro has faith in him, that's certainly good enough for me. Any Lovecraft fans have any other suggestions?