Colin Firth to appear in The Railway Man

September 12th, 2011

Colin Firth is to star in 'The Railway Man'.

The Oscar-winning actor has signed up to take on the lead role in the World War Two drama, which is based on former army officer Eric Lomax's book about his time spent captured by the Japanese and working on the construction of the 'death railway' between Thailand and Burma.

As well as his Prisoner Of War experiences, it also focuses on how he set out decades later to track down his tormentors and exact some revenge.

Jonathan Teplitzky is directing the film, with Frank Cottrell Bryce and Andy Paterson writing the script.

Teplitzky said in a statement: "'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."

Since winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 'The King's Speech' earlier this year, Colin has recorded a leading part in 'Gambit' opposite Cameron Diaz and will next be seen in Cold War drama 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' with Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.