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Colin Firth to star in Russian sub disaster film Kursk

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Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth is set to star in the submarine disaster movie Kursk.

According to Variety, the Oscar-winning British actor will line up alongside Matthias Schoenaerts in the movie, which is to be directed by Far from the Madding Crowd’s Thomas Vinterberg.

The film is based on Robert Moore’s 2002 book A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy, which chronicles the events that took place in 2000 in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle.

The disaster unfolded as Captain Gennady Lyachin was engaged in a torpedo exercise on board the submarine K-141 Kursk, dubbed ‘the pride of the Russian navy’, when the missile exploded, instantly killing seven men in the ship’s forward compartment and leaving the other 111 crew members’ lives in danger.

The film will follow the battle for survival that followed for those who survived the blast, as well as the efforts of the crew’s families to persuade authorities to mount a rescue effort.

Robert Rodat, the Oscar-nominated writer of Saving Private Ryan, has penned the screenplay.

It is not yet known whether Firth or Schoenaerts will take on the role of Lyachin.

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