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Based on Eric Lomax's bestselling autobiography Railway Man: A POW’s Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness, this A-lister fronted biopic follows the former POW's journey from his home in England to the camps in Thailand where he was once kept prisoner. From there he moves on to Japan for a fateful meeting with one of the officer's who made his life a living hell.
When EricLomax was captured by the Japanese in the height of WWII, he became a prisoner of war. As the trailer above reveals, these POWs were put to work on the Thai-Burma Railway, which earned the dark moniker “Death Railway” because of the high death toll its workers faced.
Welcome, students. The topic of today’s Toronto International Film Festival “lesson” is history. Slavery, presidential assassinations and the vicious living conditions in P.O.W. camps are dissected in 12 Years a Slave, Parkland and The Railway Man, respectively.
Last week we got to see the first trailer for Gambit, the upcoming con comedy scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Colin Firth. In the preview the Oscar winning actor is seen in a number of compromising situations and acting foolishly, the end even featuring him walking out of a building without his pants on. The film looks madcap and goofy, which makes it a very interesting contrast with The Railway Man, from which today we have the first two stills.
With mere weeks until production begins on the WWII drama The Railway Man, its leading lady Rachel Weisz, has been forced to drop out due to an unexpected scheduling conflict. Both The Bourne Legacy and Oz: The Great and Powerful now require Weisz for additional shoot days in April, which sent producers in search of a last minute replacement. Ultimately they've swapped one gorgeous Oscar-winner for another. Nicole Kidman has signed on to the film, and will co-star opposite Colin Firth.
The actress will appear alongside Firth playing Patti Wallace, Lomax’s wife who helps him heal – physically and emotionally – from his cruel, war-inflicted punishments. It’s a bigger part than you might think, as the Mail says it was Wallace who, in an effort to help her husband get over his obstacles, reached out to the men who abused him during the war while also encouraging her spouse to stand up to his demons.
Irvine’s latest casting coup is landing the role of young Colin Firth in Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man. It recounts the time WWII prisoner of war Eric Lomax spent working on the Japanese Death Railway that connects Bangkok to what is now known as Yangon, Myanmar. As the story evolves, the freed Lomax will track down and confront his captors.
Firth has signed on to Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man, an adaptation of Eric Lomax’s award-winning book recounting the tortures he endured while serving in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during WWII. The film goes on to recount Lomax’s eventual reunion with his captors on the bridge over the river Kwai, the events of which were captured in the critically acclaimed documentary Enemy My Friend.