Colin Firth to play Donald Crowhurst in new biopic

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Colin Firth

Oscar-winning star Colin Firth is to play amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst in a new biopic, according to a report.

Colin Firth is to play amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst in a new biopic.

The Oscar-winning star will play the central character in the new movie, which tells the story of Crowhurst's efforts to win the first World Yacht Race in 1968.

The project - which is being led by 'The Theory of Everything' director James Marsh - will begin shooting in the spring and is being produced by Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent and Scott Z Burns, with Burns penning the script, Deadline reports.

Crowhurst - whose life has already been the subject of numerous documentaries and films - died in 1969 while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race.

He entered the competition in the hope of securing a cash prize to fund his failing business, but secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, thereby completing a circumnavigation without actually circling the world.

Crowhurst's logs suggest he suffered a mental breakdown during the race and took his own life by jumping overboard.

Meanwhile, Firth - who stars in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' - recently revealed he photographed every bruise he got while making the action film because he was "so proud" of them.

The 54-year-old actor said: "We had loads [of injuries]. But I'm so proud of them - they're trophies!

"Because there was always this doubt that anybody was going to believe that I was doing it if anyone got a bruise, or certainly if I got a bruise, it was photographed.

"It wasn't, 'Get the nurse,' it was, 'Get the camera.' Show the bruise or the broken tooth."

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