Colin Firth to appear in `The Railway Man`

Updated: Sep 13, 2011, 08:42 AM IST

London: Actor Colin Firth has signed up to take on the lead role in the World War II drama `The Railway Man`.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film is is based on former army officer Eric Lomax`s book with the same name.

Teplitzky was sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in 1942 and the book features his experience before, during, and after the war.

"`The Railway Man` is an amazing story and to have the chance to make it with Colin Firth as Eric is really the best gift any director could hope for," quoted Teplitzky as saying.