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Charlie Hunnam & Margot Robbie to Climb the 'Mountain Between Us'

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September 4, 2014
Source: Deadline

Charlie Hunnam / Margot Robbie

It seems everyone in Hollywood wants Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie for everything. Hunnam is following up Pacific Rim with roles in King Arthur and is wanted for the remake of Escape from New York while Robbie is riding her breakthrough role in The Wolf of Wall Street into the jungle with Tarzan, a co-starring role with Will Smith in Focus and a lead action role in Ghost in the Shell. Now the two hot stars will come together in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment, fresh off Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this year.

Deadline says Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad will be at the helm of the film which is a story of romance and survival in the snowy mountains. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled, the strangers agree to charter a ride. But instead of a back-up ride, they get a disaster in the making as the pilot suffers a heart attack and the plane crashes into a desolate snowy mountain region. Ben breaks his ribs and Ashley suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and a romance sparks as the two try to survive in the harsh face of nature.

Under any other circumstances, this would sound cheesy and hokey, but with Hany Abu-Assad, it has the potential to be a powerful drama, and not just a silly love story. And by the time this gets made, Hunnam and Robbie will likely be much bigger names, and should have no problem bringing in an audience. But because the two are so busy right now, there's no telling when the project, which has a script from J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank, will get off the ground. Here's hoping the project doesn't get lost in the shuffle, or get put aside if Hunnam and Robbie don't impress audiences.

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  • Mr Chatterbox
    Hollywood is definitely riding the fact Charlie has finished Sons and want to cash in on his fame. However I don't think its a wise move as I don't think he's leading material. Time will tell.
    • JBrotsis
      Hollywood's doing the same for Aaron Paul...
  • Chris Groves
    Dang, it seems like Hollywood is jumping all over Hunnam. Crimson Peak and Pacific Rim 2....potentially King Arthur, Escape From New York, and The Mountain Between Us. Sometimes it seems like Hollywood sort of ordains someone as the next big star. Sam Worthington got Terminator Salvation, Avatar, and Clash of the Titans in pretty rapid succession. Taylor Kitsch came off of X-Men Origins and got John Carter and Battleship back-to-back. Chris Pratt got The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jurassic World. Sometimes it 'takes' and sometimes it doesn't. It'll be interesting to see how it goes with Hunnam.
    • DAVIDPD
      He is breaking! But hopefully he won't end up like Worthington or Kitsch.
      • JBrotsis
        I enjoy watching all three of the listed actors (even if their performances are sub par). Hunman, I can't say much cause he's so new. Worthington, I thought was a rising star but after doing pretty well in Avatar and Terminator Salvation (IMO) he just dropped off the planet?? And Kitsch, I feel bad for the dude...I know deep down, he could be a really good actor, but he keeps getting put in films that ultimately don't do as well as the studios hoped. Pratt on the other hand, I feel, won't disappear like the rest. Good example list though Chris, you really nailed on the head Worthington, Kitsch, and Pratt to go along with Hunman.
      • Chris Groves
        Yeah, at least Worthington starred in the biggest hit ever, and has 3 sequels on the way...and the Titans films were at least marginally successful at the box office. Kitsch kind of got straight up bad luck. Everyone seems to hate Origins, and John Carter and Battleship were both huge bombs. Hopefully all goes well for Hunnam.
  • DAVIDPD
    Look at Robbie's career taking off!!! I can remember the day we all fell in love with her not so long ago...
    • JBrotsis
      Literally fell in love. Gawd...she's so gorgeous!
      • DAVIDPD
        Dem Aussie ladies.

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