Fox's adaptation of Charles Martin's romance novel The Mountain Between Us has long been in search of a duo to play its central couple. First it was Michael Fassbender and Margot Robbie, which would have been pretty amazing. They dropped out, only to be replaced by Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike, which would have been pretty good, too, except they also exited the project. The film also lost director Gerardo Naranja (Miss Bala), and basically the whole thing has been kind of a mess. Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) took over from Naranja a few months ago, and now the film has found a new star.
THR reports that Idris Elba will star in the film, which features a script by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). The story centers on Ashley, a writer on the way to her wedding, and Ben, a doctor. When their flight is delayed the two charter a flight only to have the plane crash into a mountain. To survive the elements and find a way home they must rely on one another, and of course they fall in love in the process.
The whole thing sounds like the Harrison Ford/Anne Heche flick, Six Days, Seven Nights, which I admittedly love. Chances are this won't be quite as much fun, even with Elba. Filming is primed to get going this summer, assuming a lead actress can be found.