Firth to star in ‘Railway Man’

Filming set to start in February

TORONTO — Colin Firth is set to star in epic drama “The Railway Man,” helmed by Jonathan Teplitzky and based on the tome by Eric Lomax.

Lionsgate U.K. has already snapped up Brit rights for the pic while Lionsgate International is handling worldwide sales and will shop the project to buyers in Toronto.

Pic, which is adapted by Andy Paterson and Frank Cottrell Boyce, is based on Lomax’s account of his torture during the construction of the Death Railway in World War II and his mission decades later to seek revenge on his tormentor.

Paterson will produce through his Brit shingle Archer Street with Bill Curbishley and Pictures in Paradise’s Chris Brown while Lionsgate U.K.’s Zygi Kamasa will exec produce.

Pic, which marks the first major investment from Daria Jovicic’s Latitude Media, will begin lensing in February 2012 in Blighty, Thailand and Oz and is an official Australia-U.K. co-production.

Project reunites Paterson and Teplitzky, who recently collaborated on Matthew Goode starrer “Burning Man,” which will screen in Toronto on Saturday.

Transmission, which pre-bought “Burning Man” and released Firth starrer “The King’s Speech” down under, will distribute the pic in Australia and New Zealand.