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Tom Huddleston to play Sir Edmund Hillary

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Tom Hiddleston, known for his role in “The Night Manager,” has been cast to play Sir Edmund Hillary in an upcoming movie titled “Tenzing.” The film will also star Willem Dafoe as Colonel John Hunt, who led the historic 1953 expedition that saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest. This biopic, produced by See-Saw Films, focuses on Tenzing Norgay’s life and his extraordinary achievements.

Jennifer Peedom, who has a strong connection to the Sherpa community through her acclaimed documentary “Sherpa,” is directing the film. She expressed her excitement about bringing Tenzing Norgay’s story to the screen, emphasizing the film’s aim to highlight the incredible capabilities of human beings.

The search is still on for an actor to portray Tenzing Norgay himself, who had made six attempts to climb Everest before the successful 1953 expedition. The script for “Tenzing” is being written by Luke Davies, known for “Lion,” and he will also serve as a producer along with other members from See-Saw Films.

Norbu Tenzing, Tenzing Norgay’s son, has expressed his trust in Jennifer Peedom, noting her deep respect and understanding of the Sherpa community. He looks forward to the film showing the world who his father really was. The project promises to be an inspiring portrayal of courage and perseverance, capturing the spirit of two men who faced their own mountains and achieved the extraordinary.

(Original Caption) First Conquerors of Mount Everest. The British expedition which was the first to conquer the 29,000 ft. Mount Everest was photographed after their return from the successful climb at Thyangboche, Monastery in the Nepalese Himalayas. Among the climbers feted by the Monks were Edmund Percival Hillary, 33-year-old beekeeper from Auckland, New Zealand, and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay Bhotis, 39-year-old Nepalese, who made the final assault on the peak in the morning of May 29 and became the first men ever to set foot on the summit. Hillary has been appointed a knight commander of the Order of the British Empire, Tenzing has been awarded the George Medal, and Colonel John Hunt, leader of the expedition was also knighted. Photo shows: Smiling victors Sherpa Tenzing (Left) and Edmund Hillary at their camp after their return from Everest, circa June 1953.

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