The Deep Blue Sea star Rachel Weisz has signed on to join a recent Oscar-winner Colin Firth in a post-World War II drama The Railway Man, a movie that could well be a kind of award picture.
Weisz is set to play the role of Patricia ‘Patti’ Wallace, the second wife of Firth’s character Eric Lomax, who helps him to heal some of the psychological wounds.
The real life story is based on former army officer Eric’s book which details his experiences as he is sent to a POW camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, where he joins thousands of other prisoners and forced to work on the Burma-Siam death railway and the bridge over the river Kwai, as seen in David Lean’s epic.
War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will play a younger version of Firth’s character during his time in captivity.
The Railway Man film about the healing power of forgiveness is being made by director Jonathan Teplitzky (Burning Man) from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions). Filming starts in next February.
As for Weisz, she will star alongside Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton in Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy schedules for summer 2013, while spring 2013 sees her join Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams to play Evanora, one of the evil witches in Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful.
Watch the trailer for The Deep Blue Sea that will be premiere in the US on December 28th 2011.
The Deep Blue Sea – Trailer