Back in September there was talk of Guillermo del Toro wanting Tom Cruise for the lead role in his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror novella At the Mountains of Madness. When questioned on this potential casting del Toro neither confirmed nor denied anything, although he did say he has his eye on some “very unexpected” actors and thinks people “will be surprised by every piece of casting in the movie.”
Now producer James Cameron has spilled the beans during promotional rounds for Sanctum by saying he hopes to have Cruise signed up soon.
“Tom does want to do the picture,” Cameron said of Cruise’s continued interest. “I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”
The lead role in question in that of William Dyer, the narrator of At the Mountains of Madness. He is a professor of geology at Miskatonic University and leader of the disastrous Pabodie Expedition to Antarctica in 1930–31 in which the team discovers alien specimens hibernating.
At the same time Cruise was mentioned James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) was also said to be up for a role, so we may be hearing news of his casting soon too.