Jake Gyllenhaal has left the woods ... for a trip to the mountains?
The actor, who was signed on to play a prince in the Disney musical "Into the Woods," a role that would have reunited him with "End of Watch" co-star Anna Kendrick, has dropped out, reports TheWrap, with Deadline revealing that he's potentially making room for "Everest," a movie about the deadly 1996 climbing season detailed in Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air."
Gyllenhaal would take on the role of late Mountain Madness guide Scott Fischer.
Also in talks to star in "Everest" are Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jason Clarke; Brolin would play Dr. Beck Weathers, Hawkes would play a Seattle climber, and Clarke would play New Zealand-based guide Rob Hall. Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur ("The Deep," "Contraband") is set to direct the film, which was originally supposed to feature Christian Bale as Hall.
If "Everest" becomes a reality for Gyllenhaal, he'll have a busy fall. His next movie, the thriller "Prisoners," hits theaters September 20, and he's set to film "Nightcrawler," in which his character gets caught up in L.A.'s underground crime journalism community, the following month.
[via TheWrap, Deadline, THR h/t Indiewire]