Thesp snowed by Disney role

Paul Walker is bound for “Antarctica,” negotiating for the lead role in the Mandeville-produced Disney rescue feature.

Frank Marshall is directing the film, which will shoot in Canada this winter.

Pic is the fact-based story of two explorers who head toward Antarctica in search of a meteorite but are forced to leave their sled dogs and turn back. Walker plays a National Geographic reporter who retraces his steps with a rescue team.

Disney Fellowship recipient David DiGilio wrote the script and Mike Rich (“The Rookie”) did a rewrite.

Disney put the film on hold last year because there wasn’t sufficient snow in its Greenland location, but producers expect a suitably white backdrop in Vancouver and northern British Columbia when shooting begins.

“Antarctica” is being produced by David Hoberman and exec produced by Todd Lieberman, Roy Lee, Christine Iso and Masaru Kakutani. Disney’s Kristin Burr is supervising.

Walker will next be seen in “Into the Blue,” a John Stockwell-directed film that MGM releases July 15. Walker also recently completed “Running Scared” for Media 8 films.

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