BRITISH actor Colin Firth is set to star in an upcoming movie based on the true story of a British businessman and amateur sailor’s failed attempt to win a round-the-world yacht race.
Firth – one of the world’s most respected actors and star of hits such as The King’s Speech and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – will play Donald Crowhurst, a UK businessman who took part in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race only to find himself hopelessly out-of-depth (no pun intended) on the open seas. His boat was eventually found abandoned, with the authorities assuming he had jumped overboard and drowned.
The production looks like it could be a promising movie, given its premise, its star power and director, James Marsh, who won an Oscar for the documentary Man on Wire.
With not a huge amount of movies based on the yachting world out there, the Colin Firth project will be a welcome addition to the genre.