Colin Firth to Star in Submarine Disaster Movie 'Kursk'

Collin Firth publicity P 2016
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Thomas Vinterburg is attached to direct the disaster movie for Luc Besson's EuropaCorp.

Colin Firth is taking the plunge and joining the submarine thriller Kursk.

The movie is based on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, when a torpedo exploded within the Russian submarine during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea.

The Russian government refused help for five days before finally agreeing to foreign aid from the British and Norwegian governments. As a result, 118 Russians lost their lives.

The English actor will join Matthias Schoenaerts (The Danish Girl), who already is set to star in the film.

Thomas Vinterburg is attached to direct Kursk for Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, which is currently filming Besson's sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Firth, repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Independent, will next be seen in Bridget Jones's Baby and the yachting film Deep Water.