Universal Pictures has released the first domestic and international trailer for director Baltasar Kormakur‘s (2 Guns) epic survival drama Everest. Inspired by real events and written by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog MIllionaire), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.
This is one of my most-anticipated films of the year, and this trailer only raises my enthusiasm. It establishes that this is a diverse group of characters, and the stakes of the climb. But oddly, while getting to the top is depicted as tough but possible (although I find it hard to believe there’s enough oxygen at the top for someone to cheer), it’s trying to get back down that might kill you. Either way, I can’t wait to see this movie, and it looks like it will be dizzying in IMAX.
Watch the first Everest trailers below along with eight new images. The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on September 18th and stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, and Keira Knightley.
Here’s the official synopsis for Everest:
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, EVEREST documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal. They are joined by Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M. Wright.