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Colin Firth on track for The Railway Man

The King's Speech

Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth is to star in The Railway Man, about the construction of the Japanese “death railway” during World War II.

Adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson for Lionsgate International, the film is based on former British army officer Eric Lomax’s best-selling account of his torture by the Japanese during the construction of the railway and his subsequent mission decades later to seek revenge on his tormentor.

In launchcing the project at the Toronto Film Festival, Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa, the film’s executive producer, said: “To have Colin Firth in such a compelling story as The Railway Man is a real coup for us.

“We’re looking forward to working with Andy, Chris, Bill and Jonathan on this epic tale of love and redemption which we think will have universal appeal for audiences around the world.”

Director Jonathan Teplitzky added: “The Railway Man is an amazing story and to have the chance to make it with Colin Firth as Eric is really the best gift any director could hope for.”

The film will begin shooting in February 2012 on location in the UK, Thailand and Queensland, Australia.

Firth, who earlier this year was crowned best actor at the Oscars for The King’s Speech, will next been seein in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (which opens in UK cinemas on September 16).

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