Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, HappyThankYouMorePlease) and Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) are in talks to co- star alongside James Franco in Danny Boyle‘s (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) next film project, 127 Hours. The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Mara and Tamblyn play a couple hikers that Aron meets before he finds himself stranded. Paranormal Activity‘s Katie Featherston apparently auditioned for one of the roles, but did not get it.
The screenplay written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is said to contain no dialogue what-so-ever for the first hour of the story. In the true life story, Ralston was completely alone, stuck in the canyon. And Boyle has said that he would not be introducing any volleyball tricks a la Tom Hanks in Castaway. The film is set to begin production in early March in Utah. Fox Searchlight will release the movie, likely at the end of the year for award season (possibly a premiere at Telluride/Toronto to repeat the ingredients of Slumdog Millionaire?).