Selena Gomez (Another Cinderella Story) has been cast in the big-screen biopic about Peruvian mountaineer and social entrepreneur Silvia Vásquez-Lavado.
Titled In the Shadow of the Mountain, the film is based on upcoming memoir of the same name (scheduled to publish in winter 2022) by Vásquez-Lavado, who became the first Peruvian woman to summit Mt. Everest and the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent.
A victim of childhood assault and neglect, Vásquez-Lavado found healing and power in mountaineering. Her work in survivor circles has been heralded, particularly her efforts to organize treks to Mt. Everest's base camp for other women who have endured abuse.
Elgin James, the writer-director of Little Birds and co-creator of FX’s Mayan’s M.C., has been hired to write and direct In the Shadow of the Mountain.