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Tom Cruise and James McAvoy Racing to Climb 'The Mountains of Madness'

September 3, 2010 (8:09 am) GMT
The 'Mission: Impossible' star is Guillermo del Toro's favorite to star in his film, but Universal wants the 'Wanted' actor to take the lead role.
Tom Cruise and James McAvoy Racing to Climb 'The Mountains of Madness'

is put in a kind of duel with . Collider reports that Guillermo del Toro wants the "" actor to star in his flick "", but Universal Pictures does not show similar attitude. In fact, the studio wants the "" star to take the lead role in the movie, sources say.

Beside the two, was also thrown among the contenders to take the important part. However, the "" thesp is said to have had busy schedule which might have forced him to leave the competition.

In the meantime, del Toro allegedly had met Cruise when discussing the possibility of the "Mission: Impossible" star to take a role in new "" movie. Though the project did not work out, the filmmaker has been impressed by the husband of , Collider claims.

"At the Mountains of Madness" is pitched as the movie adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft-written novella of the same title. The story will feature a chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition's uncanny discoveries and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization.

Guillermo del Toro has signed up to serve as director for the horror flick, while James Cameron is set to produce it. This film is expected to start principal photography in May 2011, with 3-D cameras.

Tom Cruise will soon reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in "Mission: Impossible IV". The 48-year-old actor is also planning an untitled Les Grossman project which is based on his character in "".

As for James McAvoy, he is set to portray Professor Charles Xavier in "". The 31-year-old Scottish is also attached to co-star in "", Tom Tykwer's adaptation of David Mitchell's novel.

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