Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth are set to star in The Railway Man, a war epic based on the true story of a World War II veteran.

It is an adaptation of the autobiography of British soldier, Eric Lomax, who was captured by the Japanese Army in 1942, before being tortured and sent to work on the infamous ‘death railway’.

Screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce (Coronation Street) and producer, Andy Paterson (Girl With A Pearl Earring) have adapted the book into a film, which Jonathan Teplitzky (Gettin’ Square) will be directing.

Playing young Lieutenant Lomax will be War Horse’s Jeremy Irvin, before Colin Firth takes over for his later years. Rachel Weisz has been cast to play Patti – Lomax’s wife – who helps heal him both physically and emotionally from his painful war experiences.

Filming is due to begin February 2012 in Australia.

Eric Lomax won the NCR Book Award in 1996, as well as the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. Born in 1919, he was a British Army officer, who after being released from the Japanese Army decided to write a book, explaining the torturous ordeal he went through.

It was once thought that Lomax sought revenge on his captors but now, more accurate reports reveal that Lomax actually made peace with his enemies.

His moving autobiography was described as an ‘extraordinary story of torture and reconciliation’ by John McCarthy, a journalist who was kept hostage for five years in the Lebanon hostage crisis.

 

The Railway Man is due for release in 2013.

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