George Mallory film

Michael Sheen has signed on to play British climber George Mallory in upcoming biopic ‘In High Places’
Michael Sheen has signed on to play British climber George Mallory in upcoming biopic In High Places, billed as the first film to tell the full story of the tragic 1920s mountaineer.

Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) is attached to play Mallory’s wife, Ruth, while Andrew Scott, best known for playing the villainous Moriarty in BBC drama series Sherlock, will play his friend and fellow climber Noel Odell.

Writer/director James McEachen is due to begin shooting this September. Locations include South Tyrol, India, London and Cologne.

Mallory took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s.

During the 1924 expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine both disappeared. They were last seen when they were about 800 feet from the summit. Mallory’s body was discovered in 1999.

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