Colin Firth Relays “The King’s Speech”

Colin Firth has signed up to play King George VI in “The King’s Speech” which The Weinstein Company has just scored North American and various international rights to.

The film tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother Edward VIII abdicated to marry commoner Wallis Simpson, George ‘Bertie’ VI (Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne.

Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Tom Hooper, who helmed the Helen Mirren-led “Elizabeth I” and “John Adams” mini-series for HBO, will direct the feature which kicks off filming later this year for release in 2010.

David Seidler penned the script while Gareth Unwin, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce.