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Colin Firth‘s next movie role involves a stark change of mood from his upcoming role in Bridget Jones’ Baby. He’s reportedly set to star in Kursk, a movie based on a real-life Russian submarine disaster, according to Variety.

Adapted by Saving Private Ryan screenwriter Robert Rodat from a 2002 book called A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy, it’ll tell the true story of the K-141 Kursk, a nuclear-powered submarine that was the pride of the Russian Navy, but sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea after a torpedo exercise went wrong in August 2000.

Firth will star alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, who’s previously worked with the movie’s director Thomas Vinterberg on 2015’s Far From the Madding Crowd. It’s not yet known which role either will play, but it’s likely one of them will play the submarine’s commanding officer Captain Gennady Lyachin.

Also likely is that this film will be a somber affair, given historical events. In the days following the blast, the crew’s families fought desperately to persuade authorities to mount a rescue effort against impossible odds, while the sailors themselves battled for survival on board the disabled sub.

And as anyone who’s seen Das Boot or The Hunt for Red October knows, that’s terrifying.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.