She’ll play the wife of real life World War II POW survivor Eric Lomax. Colin Firth will star as the older version of Lomax who struggled for 30-years after the war with the trauma inflicted upon him by his Japanese captors. Lomax, upon whose book the film is based, was one of 60,000 Allied prisoners of war who were forced, along with 180,000 Asian laborers, to construct the 258 mile Burma Railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma. It’s a stretch that came to be known as the Death Railway as half the Asian workers are estimated to have died along with 16,000 POWs. Counted as a war crime prepetrated by the Japanese when the war was over, The Death Railway also provided the setting for David Lean’s The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Most recently seen opposite Daniel Craig in the thriller Dream House Weisz will next be seen in the US alongside Tom Hiddleston in Terrence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea while Firth follows up his Oscar win for The King’s Speech with a role in the upcoming Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Railway Man is scheduled to begin shooting in February.

via: Variety

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