Selena Gomez will star as Peruvian mountaineer and social entrepreneur Silvia Vasquez-Lavado in the biopic “In the Shadow of the Mountain” based on her memoir for production company One Community (“Just Mercy”) and Tempesta Films.
A victim of childhood assault and neglect, Vasquez-Lavado found healing and power in mountaineering. She became the first Peruvian woman to summit Mount Everest and the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge to climb the highest mountain on each continent.
Vásquez-Lavado has also helped organise treks to Mt. Everest’s base camp for other women who have endured abuse.
Elgin James (“Little Birds,” “Mayans M.C.”) will write and direct the film while Scott Budnick and Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) will produce.