Selena Gomez Set To Play Gay History Making Mountaineer In New Film

Selena Gomez Set To Play Gay History Making Mountaineer In New Film

Selena Gomez Set To Play Gay History Making Mountaineer In New Film

Selena Gomez just scored the role of a lifetime as she is set to star in a memoir-inspired film as the first gay woman to take on the highest mountains in the world. Is it just me or does anyone else sense an Academy Award on Selena Gomez’s horizon, as it was just announced that she’s set to star as Peruvian mountaineer and social entrepreneur Silvia Vásquez-

Lavado in an upcoming biopic? The film, which is based on Silvia’s upcoming memoir In The Shadows of the Mountain, is based on Silvia’s life as she became the first Peruvian woman to scale Mount Everest, and the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits, a challenge focused on scaling the highest mountains on each continent.  Not only does

Silvia have some incredibly physically demanding accomplishments under her belt, but the film will also shed light on her work in the nonprofit industry after she founded Courageous Girls, which helps survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking. Her inspiration for the story is framed by her own life after being a victim of childhood assault and neglect, who found

healing in mountaineering, and would even organize treks for women to Mt. Everest’s base camp who were also victims of abuse.  As for Selena, not only will she star in this once-in-a-lifetime role, but she is also set to produce the film through

her July Moon Productions, alongside Scott Budnick through his One Community banner and Academy Award winner Donna Gigliotti through her Tempesta Films company. Donna Gigliotti, who won the best picture Oscar for producing

“Shakespeare in Love,” and was nominated in that category for “The Reader,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Hidden Figures,” gushed about the project saying QUOTE, “Silvia is a force of nature. Scott and I are so excited to work with Elgin and Selena to tell this story of resilience, courage, adventure and humanity.” Silvia will also have a creative say in

the process as she is set to executive produce with Lara Love Hardin of Idea Architects. She took to Instagram to share the news last night, sharing a side-by-side photo of herself and Selena, writing QUOTE, “I am so humbled and grateful to

share this thrilling news, which has been in the works for the last 10months, that an all-star team has optioned my upcoming memoir In The Shadow of the Mountain for a movie adaptation.” She also added how honored she is that the

“bold, talented, and brilliant” Selena Gomez is taking the starring role, as well as many other visionaries who will make this film come to life.  Fans have been beaming with excitement after hearing the news, like this user who wrote,

“SELENA GOMEZ PLAYING A GAY CHARACTER IM LITERALLY GOING TO CRY IM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS.” Another fan tweeted, “Seeing Selena Gomez play a gay person is going to awaken something in me, I already know it.” However, Selena starring as a gay person while being known as a straight female has sparked some backlash among

critics who don’t believe she is right for this role for obvious reasons.  One user tweeted, “Selena isn’t gay. I wish they would give unknown LGBTQ actors a chance at playing such a defining role. I love Selena, I just wish this ‘casting straight actors in LGBTQ roles’ phase would end! Love Simon, Brokeback Mountain, and so many more good films using straight

actors.”
 And this person isn’t exactly here for the storyline itself, writing, “Don’t get me wrong, climbing Mt. Everest is amazing, but being gay & Peruvian while doing it doesn’t merit a movie? If she were physically handicapped, maybe it would merit a movie but like… I don’t want to watch Selena Gomez climb a mountain and say, ‘I’m gay’ at the peak or

whatever.”
 Regardless of your stance, it’s no question Silvia has moved mountains (no pun intended) by her impact in helping victims of abuse, so it’s no question as to why her many accomplishments should be celebrated.  “In The Shadow Of The Mountains” is expected to be published in 2022, and based on the year we’ve had, time is sure to FLY by, so get excited now!

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