Eric Lomax was one of thousands of Allied prisoners of war forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW2. His experiences, after the secret radio he built to bring news and hope to his colleagues was discovered, left him traumatised and shut off from the world. Years later, he met Patti, a beautiful woman, on a train and fell in love. Patti was determined to rid Eric of his demons. Discovering that the young Japanese officer who haunted her husband was still alive, she faced a terrible decision. Should Eric be given a chance to confront his tormentor? Would she stand by him, whatever he did.
Rachel Weisz has been added to the cast of World War 2 drama The Railway Man alongside Colin Firth.
The Deep Blue Sea actress will be playing Patricia 'Pattie' Wallace, Eric Lomax's second wife.
Colin Firth is already set to play Eric Lomax, a second Lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Signals who was captured in 1942 by the Japanese army in Singapore. War Horse's Jeremy Irvine plays the younger Lomax.
He was forced to work on the 'death railway' with hundreds of other prisoners of war.
The true story will be based on his life as a POW and his mission to seek revenge years later on those who tortured him.
Burning Man's Jonathan Teplitzky is directing the movie which will be released sometime next year.Source: www.totalfilm.com
10 September 1960
Colin Andrew Firth
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
20 June 1967
Nicole Mary Kidman
5' 11" (1.80 m)
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