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Friday 29 May 2015

Firth still on board Crowhurst film

Colin Firth is set to play Donald Crowhurst in a film
Colin Firth is set to play Donald Crowhurst in a film

Colin Firth has confirmed that he is still attached to the planned film about sailor Donald Crowhurst.

The King's Speech actor was said to be in early talks for the film last year, with Kate Winslet up for the role of his wife, but there has been little news of the movie since then.

However, Colin has now told Collider that the film is going ahead and should be shooting in 2015, with director James Marsh at the helm.

"We hope it's gonna shoot in the spring of next year. That's all I can tell you," said the star.

"James Marsh is attached to it, and we've had some conversations. Yeah, I'm very, very much looking forward to it. I think it's amazing stuff - great script."

Crowhurst entered a solo yacht race around the world in 1968 in a bid to revive his failing business. He ended up cheating, reporting false positions for months. Then in 1969 he sent his last transmission and was never heard from again.

Oscar-winner Colin said it was "an astounding story".

"I feel just a passion for it. I think it's a wonderful tale. I mean, a heartbreaking, devastating thing. I think it's not a common story, but I think it's a far more universal than it looks at first glance," said the 53-year-old.

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