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Michael Fassbender To Climb 'The Mountain Between Us' For 'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 14, 2012 2:54 PM
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Michael Fassbender The Mountain Between Us

The world is an oyster these days for Michael Fassbender, who surely has his pick of projects. Even though the hotly buzzed actor was snubbed for his towering performance in "Shame," that hasn't stopped Hollywood from sending the actor everything they've got. He's lining up a busy year of projects, with Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" to shoot this spring, and he will reteam with Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years A Slave" this summer. And his next effort is yet again another nice, unexpected selection for the actor.

Fassbender will now take the lead in "Miss Bala" director Gerardo Naranjo's English-language debut, "The Mountain Between Us." The script, by J. Mills Goodloe, is based on the novel by Charles Martin, and tells the story of Ashley, a writer heading east for her wedding who meets Ben, a doctor. When their flight is cancelled, the two charter a flight only to have that plane's pilot suffer a heart attack. The plane crashes into a mountain and so the two fight the elements and their injuries to return to civilization, and, of course, fall in love with each other. 

No word yet on when this would shoot but we're guessing sometime in the late summer or early fall. Fassbender continues to mix it up with tenptoles ("X-Men: First Class," "Prometheus"), indie/arthouse fare ("Shame," "The Counselor") and now, we're guessing one for the ladies (this sounds like the kind of rugged romance we're going to have to take our girlfriends to). That being said, with the wickedly inventive Naranjo behind the camera, this could upset any expectations we might have from the logline. Either way, more Fassy is always a good thing. [Variety]

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  • CrownsOfCreation | February 12, 2013 7:30 PMReply

    To hear the Title Track for 'The Mountain Between Us' please visit the website, or click here:
    Joey and Jeanie

  • Erin | April 12, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    I'm a little surprised that Fassbender would take this on, considering the book is so wooden. Then again, it might be a blank enough slate that he and Naranjo could add a boatload of creativity.

  • T.E. | March 15, 2012 2:37 AMReply

    Gerardo ftw!

  • kris | March 14, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    jessica chastain please.

  • T | March 14, 2012 8:28 PM

    Totally agree! Jessica chastain all the Way!!

  • c | March 14, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    more "fassy?"

    god you're awful

  • D | March 14, 2012 5:20 PM

    IKR, I'm cringing as well. Didn't know 15 year old girls wrote for the Playlist.

  • Oogle monster | March 14, 2012 4:47 PM

    Shut your mouth C (jk I heart you). Fassy wins again!

  • aaa | March 14, 2012 3:59 PM

    that's a pretty widely used nickname.

  • Wendy | March 14, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    Rachel McAdams would be awesome in this. Never mind the chemistry they would bring together on-screen. (Take a hint, casting directors? Heehee.)

  • Voland | March 14, 2012 9:53 PM

    Problem is, that McAdams can't act. She would look laughable bad next to someone like Fassbender. Chastain would work perfectly fine, and both could get deserving oscars and all that. Also, does the story contain cannibalism? Chastain eating Fassbender's heart? I'd love to see something like that.

  • Oogle monster | March 14, 2012 4:48 PM

    That would be fantastic. But given McAdams aversion to good projects vs. crap (i.e. The Vow, Morning Glory), it might be hard to lure her in.

  • Sara | March 14, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    I liked it!! I didn't read the book, but looks good. I want to see what actress will be the lead

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