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Weisz, McKellen, Sarandon join ‘Colossus’

Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen and Susan Sarandon have joined Colin Firth in “The Colossus,” a colonial drama set in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century, to be directed by Sean Mathias. A fictionalized version of real events, story concerns an ornithologist hired to transport English songbirds to the recently deposed South African prime minister. He falls in love with a firebrand political activist and becomes entangled in a plot to stop the imminent Boer War.

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