The movie will follow a Prisoner of War who is still battling with hatred for his Japanese captors and his wife who helps him overcome his torture.
The story is based on the memoirs of Scotsman Eric Lomax.
During World War II, Eric - a second lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Signals - was captured by Japanese forces in Singapore and sent to a camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. There, he joined tens of thousands of other PoWs working on the Burma-Siam death railway and the bridge over the River Kwai.
Colin will play Eric in later life as he still struggles with the horrors that were inflicted upon him in the Far East.
Rachel is in final talks to play Eric’s wife Patricia, who helps to heal some of the psychological wounds.
Patricia became Eric’s second wife in 1983. She encouraged him to confront his hatred, and even wrote to the man her husband held responsible for his torture.
Jeremy Irvine, who will soon be seen in Steven Spielberg’s latest film War Horse, will play Eric during his time in captivity.
The star has been disturbed by his research for the part.
“Lomax suffered cruel and horrible treatment,” Jeremy told British publication The Daily Mail. “I’ve been studying what happened to him and it was grim.”
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