Firth joins World War II revenge drama.

Colin Firth (‘Gambit,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’) has signed up to lead Jonathan Teplitzky’s big-screen adaptation ‘The Railway Man.’

The movie was penned by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson and based on former British army officer Eric Lomax’s best-selling account of his torture by the Japanese during the construction of the “death railway” during World War II and his mission decades later to seek revenge on his tormentor.

Production is slated to kick off in February on location in the U.K., Thailand and Queensland, Australia. ‘The Railway Man’ reunites Teplitzky and Paterson, the two recently collaborated on the romantic comedy ‘Burning Man’ starring Matthew Goode.