By Eric Elliott
As you may have heard, Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba will be making their way to the Columbia Valley to shoot scenes for their new feature film, The Mountain Between Us, from January 4th until the end of the month.
Ms. Winslet is commonly known for her role as Rose in the feature film Titanic, but has also starred in recent films such as Triple 9 (2016) and Divergent (2014). Mr. Elba, on the other hand, can be found in films such as Pacific Rim (2013) and The Jungle Book (2016).
Filming is expected to take place around Invermere and Panorama Mountain Resort. Based off a Charles Martin novel, The Mountain Between Us is a survival romance where writer Ashley Knox, played by Kate Winslet, and surgeon Dr. Ben Payne, played by Idris Elba, are stranded in Salt Lake City in winter weather when their flight is cancelled because the plane cant be de-iced. Ms. Knox needs to return home for her wedding and Mr. Payne is headed east after a medical conference to perform scheduled surgeries, so they charter a plane to Denver and end up crashing on a mountain.
Both are injured in the crash and as they struggle to find their way down the mountain, the two form a relationship questioning whether Ms. Knox truly is marrying the right man. Filming for the movie has already begun with several people spotting filming taking place around Metro Vancouver at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, and the Abbotsford and Vancouver International Airports.
The Pioneer exhausted its best efforts to get in touch with the producers and director Hany Abu-Assad, but have unfortunately come up short thus far.
We are looking forward to visiting and working in and around your beautiful locale. Though The Mountain Between Us is a closed set, I have forwarded your request on to 20th Century Fox and will let you know when I have further word, said Brigitte Prochaska, unit publicist for the movie.
Filming for the movie is expected to be completed on February 24th somewhere in British Columbia. The Pioneer will continue to pursue this story as it develops in the New Year.