Selena Gomez to play Gay Mountain Climber, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Selena Gomez is set to portray openly gay Silvia Vasquez-Lavado in In the Shadow of the Mountain. Gomez is also set to produce the biopic. Based on Vasquez-Lavado’s memoir, it will tell the story of the record setting mountaineer.

Vasquez-Lavado was the first Peruvian woman to reach the top of Mt. Everest. She was also the first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits.

The film is expected to document Vasquez-Lavado’s struggled through childhood abuse, and how she found refuge and healing through mountain climbing.

Vasquez-Lavado showed her excitement and gratitude on Instagram writing, “To all of my family and friends, thank you for all your words of encouragement and support along this road. I can’t wait to share more!”

The film will be out February 2022.

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