Colin Firth joins James Marsh's next feature

The British actor has signed on in the title role of a sailing movie from the director of "The Theory of Everything," Deadline reveals.

James Marsh is perhaps one of the most talked-about filmmakers of the moment, as his Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" has already earned a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award (for lead actor Eddie Redmayne), as well as several Oscar nominations.

In light of this, it's no surprise that Colin Firth, who is set to return to theaters this February in "Kingsman: The Secret Service," has agreed to star in his next feature, which is based on a true story. Firth will play Donald Crowhurst, a British businessman who competed to win a round-the-world yacht race in 1968 and became lost at sea, never to be found.

To be produced by StudioCanal and BBC Films, the movie will be an adaptation of the 2006 documentary "Deep Water." Principal photography is set to begin this spring.

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