Colin Firth, who won his first Oscar for his portrayal of stutter-prone King George VI in 2010’s “The King’s Speech,” returns to theaters with what looks like another powerful and challenging role as a man struggling to overcome his personal demons.
Firth plays Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Years later, he is still haunted by the torment, and his wife (Nicole Kidman) is determined to help him conquer the ghosts of his past.
When Firth’s character discovers the Japanese interpreter he holds responsible for much of his treatment is still alive, he sets on a journey to confront the man — and his wife must try to stand by her husband, no matter what he decides to do.
Stellan Skarsgård co-stars as Firth’s friend, and a former POW himself, while Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine”) plays the former Japanese soldier Firth is targeting. Jeremy Irvine (“War Horse”) and Sam Reid (“Hatfields & McCoys”) play the young Firth and Skarsgård, respectively.
Jonathan Teplitzky directed the film from a screenplay based on Lomax’s autobiography. No U.S. release date has been announced yet.