Farrell, Harris Join Weir’s “Way Back”

Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess (“21,” “Across the Universe”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement,” “City of Ember”) have joined writer/director Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” reports Variety.

The quartet are final negotiations to star in the fact-based story, based on Slavomir Rawicz’s memoir, of a group of soldiers who engineered a grueling escape from a Siberian gulag in 1942.

Farrell plays a tough, tattooed Russian; Harris an American; and Sturgess portrays a young Polish inmate. Ronan will play a Russian on the run who meets up with the fugitives.

Production is scheduled to begin in March in Bulgaria.