Nicole Kidman is set to replace Rachel Weisz in the film adaptation of “The Railway Man” for Archer Street, Pictures in Paradise and Latitude Media says The Press Association.
The story is based on former British army officer Eric Lomax’s real-life best-selling account of his torture by the Japanese during the construction of the “death railway” from Rangoon to Bangkok during World War II and his mission decades later to seek revenge on his tormentor.
Colin Firth is already cast as the older Lomax, Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) will play the younger version. Kidman will play Firth’s second wife who helps him to confront his fears and hatred by writing to the former Japanese officer he holds responsible and helping him to forgive.
Colin and producer Andy Paterson reportedly persuaded Nicole personally to take over the role after Weisz had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Jonathan Teplitzky (“Burning Man”) is directing from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Paterson, Chris Brown and Bill Curbishley are producing. Shooting kicks off shortly in Scotland, Thailand and Australia.