Selena Gomez to Portray Pioneering Gay Mountaineer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado in New Biopic

Selena Gomez and new project.

The singer and actress, 28, will portray gay Peruvian mountaineer Silvia Vásquez-Lavado in the upcoming biopic In the Shadow of the Mountain, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

The film is based on the upcoming memoir of the same name by Vásquez-Lavado, who became the first openly gay woman to climb the highest mountain on each continent, a challenge called the Seven Summits, in June 2018.

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The memoir is expected to be published in winter 2022, while the film does not yet have a release date

Gomez will produce the film through her July Moon Productions along with Scott Budnick’s One Community and Oscar winner Donna Gigliotti’s Tempesta Films. Vásquez-Lavado, 46, and Lara Love Hardin of Idea Architects are also executive producing, THR and Variety reported.

Elgin James, the writer-director of Little Birds and co-creator of FX’s Mayan’s M.C., will reportedly write and direct the film.

Along with also being the first Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest, Vásquez-Lavado is the founder of Courageous Girls, a nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking. She has organized excursions for abuse survivors to the Mount Everest base.

Gomez, who dropped her most recent album, Rare, in January, is set to produce and possibly star in STXfilm’s upcoming psychological thriller Dollhouse. She is also slated to reprise her lead role and executive produce Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 4.

In addition, Gomez is joining the cast of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building opposite Steve Martin and Martin Short.


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