Stellan Skarsgård and Hiroyuki Sanada will join Oscar winners Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and the fast-rising Jeremy Irvine among the cast for Jonathan Teplitzky’s film THE RAILWAY MAN, it was announced today.
Principal photography starts in Scotland on April 30. The ten-week shoot then moves to Thailand and Queensland, Australia.
Adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson from Eric Lomax’s best-selling book, THE RAILWAY MAN is the epic true story of a war hero and the woman who matched his courage to reclaim the man she loved.
Eric Lomax (Firth) was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. Years later, still haunted by memories of brutality and torture, he met a beautiful woman on a train.
Patti (Kidman) was determined to rid Eric of his demons. With the help of a wartime colleague (Skarsgård), she set up a mission back to the Bridge on the River Kwai where Eric would confront his tormentor, Nagase (Sanada).
The Railway Man is an inspiring true story of heroism and humanity.
Jonathan Teplitzky will direct. The producers are Andy Paterson (Girl With A Pearl Earring), Chris Brown (The Proposition) and Bill Curbishley (Quadrophenia, McVicar). Executive Producers are Claudia Blümhuber and Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel, Zygi Kamasa for Lionsgate UK, Anand Tucker and Daria Jovicic.
The film is an Australia/UK co-production between Pictures in Paradise and Archer Street, backed by Screen Australia in association with Silver Reel, Screen Queensland, Creative Scotland and Lionsgate UK. Lionsgate UK will release the film in the UK and Transmission will handle Australia and New Zealand.