Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth Cast In The Railway Man

Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth will be staring in a new flick called The Railway Man, to be directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, according to reports by Variety.

The new film is based on the bestselling autobiography written by Eric Lomax. The film will center on Lomax (played by Firth) and his wife Patti (played by Weisz) and his experiences before, during, and after the war and his experience as a Japanese prisoner of war.

Jeremy Irvine has also been cast to play the younger Lomax during the war scenes set in WWII.

The book has been described as follows:

Throughout his childhood Eric Lomax possessed a passion for trains. In an ironic twist of fate, he was captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to Thailand to work on the infamous Burma-Siam railroad, the barbaric project that claimed the lives of 250,000 men. There he constructed a radio to bring news of the war and secretly drew a map of the railroad. For this, Lomax suffered brutal and incessant torture and interrogation. Standing by through it all was Nagase Takashi, a young Japanese soldier who translated the captor’s questions and Lomax’s replies. Fifty years later, Lomax sought out this Japanese tormentor, meeting him on a hillside overlooking the River Kwai Bridge. But Lomax’s object in meeting Takashi again was not revenge. It was reconciliation.

Here is a remarkable true story of forgiveness–a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally, peace with the past. A classic war autobiography, The Railway Man is a powerful tale of survival and of the human capacity to understand even those who have done us unthinkable harm.

The movie will begin shooting in February in Australia, Thailand and the U.K.

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