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CASTING WATCH: Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada Join Firth, Kidman, Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky's 'The Railway Man'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2012 at 11:55AM

More board the train as Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada join Oscar-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, as well as up-and-comer Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man."
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Railway Man

More board the train as Stellan Skarsgard and Hiroyuki Sanada join Oscar-winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, as well as up-and-comer Jeremy Irvine in Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man."

This adaptation from Eric Lomax's bestseller of the same name tells the story of an Allied prisoner of war (Firth) forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway during WW II.  Years later and still tormented by the brutality he endured, he meets a beautiful woman (Kidman) on a train.  She becomes determined to rid him of his battle-scars.  Skarsgard plays a colleague of Kidman's who helps her to set up a mission back to the Bridge on the River Kwai (shades of David Lean) where the haunted man can confront his tormentor, Nagase (Sanada).

The film begins shooting Scotland, then moves to Thailand, and Australia.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.